Following Saturday’s spring game in Lane Stadium, Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore RB Michael Holmes was one of four players that were allowed to speak to the media. “One of the things I’ve kind of gotten better at is being a leader,” Holmes proclaimed.
I’m not quite sure what Holmes’ definition of a “leader” actually is, but whatever that may be, he certainly didn’t exhibit that characteristic after the game concluded.
A Montgomery County (Va.) jail spokesperson confirmed to the Washington Post that Holmes was arrested hours after the game on two counts of simple assault and one count of malicious wounding.
The malicious wounding charge is considered a Class 3 Felony in the state of Virginia.
Per Virginia Tech University policy, any athlete that is charged with a felony is indefinitely suspended from the program until the matter is fully cleared up. If Holmes is eventually found guilty of the felony, then he will immediately be kicked off the team. The felony charge brought against Holmes carries a five to 10 year jail sentence and up to a $10,000 fine.
So, in Layman’s terms, Holmes is in serious hot water, on and off the field.
Battling for the top running back position with J.C. Coleman and Trey Edmunds, Holmes was expected to be a pivotal piece in improving the Virginia Tech offense from a year ago. Starting in five games last season rushing for 280 yards, he brought a little bit of on-field experience to the table.
Now, instead of head coach Frank Beamer worrying about where he needs to include the young man on the depth chart, he’s now focusing his attention on his running back’s off-the-field life, which is now in serious jeopardy.
It’s an unfortunate, yet all too sadly familiar, scene anymore. In a matter of less than 24 hours, Holmes went from proclaiming his intent to lead a football team, to himself being led into the back of a police car.
With the Hokies trying to improve a program that went a disappointing 6-6 last season, this is a huge blow. Beamer needed all of the experience on the field that he has at his disposal. With these events, he just lost an important part in putting the pieces back together.