Signed by Seattle as a UDFA on May 12, 2023.
- 05/12/23: Signed by Seattle as a UDFA
COLLEGE: Four-year starter at quarterback (50 of 55 games). Four-time team captain (2019-22). Five-time letterman (2018-22). Set 10 ECU records to go along with six American Athletic Conference and two Birmingham Bowl new standards. Named Birmingham Bowl, Hula Bowl and NFLPA Bowl Most Valuable Player honors. Owns one 500-yard, six 400-yard and 18 300-yard passing outings. Threw at least one touchdown pass in 42 of 55 games. Completed 1,127-of-1,857 passes (60.7 percent) for 13,927 yards. Threw 97 touchdowns to 37 interceptions. Of his 97 aerial scores, 76 came in league play. Rushed 469 times for 1,446 yards (3.1 ypr) with 25 scores. Ranks second all-time in ECU history in rushing yards by a quarterback. Completed career standing among the all-time FBS leaders in total yards (seventh) and passing yards (11th). Ran and passed for a touchdown in the same game on 15 occasions. As a starter, compiled 15,071 total yards – an average of 301.4 yards per game. Ran for multiple touchdowns in a game three times. In 55 career contests, led the Pirates in rushing 11 times. 524 of 1,127 completions went for 10 or more yards (203 for 20-plus). Seventy-five of 97 passing touchdowns went for 10 or more yards. Threw multiple touchdowns in a game 28 times in his career. Threw for 300-plus yards in a game 18 times in his career. Three-time Wuerffel Trophy Watch List Candidate. Semifinalist for the 2022 Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award.
PERSONAL: Full name is Holton Maddux Ahlers. Son of Morgan and Jill Ahlers. Born in Greenville, N.C. Has three older brothers. Enjoys fishing and playing all sports. Established numerous Greenville Little League records, including most single-season home runs at age 12. Persevered through personal losses, which included grandmother, best friend and two teammates, during high school career. Graduated with bachelor's in communication (Dec. 2021). Earned ECU Dean's List honors for classroom excellence (2018 spring semester) before actually participating in high school commencement exercises. Followed with ECU Honor Roll accolades in the fall ('18, '19) and spring ('19, '20) semesters before regaining Dean's List status for both semesters during the 2020-21 academic year. Four-time AAC All-Academic Team selection. Last name is pronounced AYE-lurrs.