Not long after the Virginia Tech Hokies finished up their spring game back in April in which they showed promise within the rushing game, that particular aspect of offensive coordinator Scott Loeffler‘s offense took a bit of a hit. Projected starting running back Michael Holmes was arrested on charges of felony malicious wounding and two counts of simple assault, stemming from an on-campus altercation. With that “felony” word thrown in to that mix, the prospects for Holmes seeing time with the rock this year did not look optimistic. He was immediately suspended indefinitely.
Well, on Thursday, those prospects may have gotten a little brighter.
Holmes appeared in the Montgomery County (Va.) District Court and was found guilty on charges of misdemeanor assault and battery. According to the Washington Post, the back was sentenced to a 12-month suspended prison sentence, one year of probation, and was ordered $13,403 in restitution. He’s also not to have any contact with the victims involved in the case.
Now, the optimism about Holmes seeing playing time this year stems from the felony charged being dropped to a misdemeanor and the simple assault charges being tossed out altogether. In a decision that will ultimately be up to Athletic Director Jim Weaver, the redshirt sophomore could be reinstated as a member of the football program.
Holmes started in five games for head coach Frank Beamer and the Hokies last season, carrying the ball for 280 yards and four touchdowns. While not an eye-popping performance by any means, the still-developing back was poised to make an impact this season as VT seeks to improve their lackluster running game.