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Virginia Tech football player Michael Holmes is arrested

Michael Holmes, a running back on the Virginia Tech football team, has been arrested on two counts of simple assault and one count of malicious wounding, a Montgomery County (Va.) jail spokesman confirmed Sunday afternoon.

Holmes, a redshirt sophomore who started five games last season, was being held without bail. A press release issued by the Blacksburg police department said officers were called to the 200 block of College Ave. near campus for a fight in progress at 1:50 a.m. Sunday morning. The ensuing investigation led to Holmes’s arrest.

The release said one victim was transported to LewisGale Medical Center for treatment of an unspecified injury. Two other victims were treated at the scene.

Malicious wounding is considered a class 3 felony in Virginia and is described as attempting to “maliciously shoot, stab, cut, or wound any person or by any means cause him bodily injury, with the intent to maim, disfigure, disable, or kill.” According to Virginia Tech athletic department rules, any student athlete charged with a felony is indefinitely suspended until the charge is resolved.

If convicted of a felony, Holmes would be kicked off the football team. A class 3 felony in Virginia carries a jail sentence of five to 20 years and a fine of up to $100,000.

Holmes, a Harrisonburg native, rushed for 280 yards last fall and was in the mix to start at tailback again next season along with sophomore JC Coleman and redshirt freshman Trey Edmunds. This spring, position coach Shane Beamer raved about Holmes’s renewed confidence and consistency after struggling much of last year, noting he “got his swag back.”

Holmes gained 24 yards in Saturday’s spring scrimmage and was one of four players selected to speak during a news conference with reporters.

“One of my things I think I’ve kind of gotten better at is being a leader,” he said. “I played last year, so kind of keeping the young bucks together and working hard.”

Mark Giannotto is a Montgomery County native who covers high school sports for The Washington Post. He previously covered Virginia and Virginia Tech football for five years.
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