Michael Holmes took himself out of the starting running back competition early Sunday morning.
Holmes, a rising r-sophomore, was charged with two counts of assault and battery and one count of malicious wounding. The malicious wounding charge is a Class 3 felony, which means Holmes is automatically suspended from the football team until the charge is dropped or resolved.
If Holmes is found guilty of malicious wounding, he is automatically dismissed from the football program.
Two victims of the assault were treated at the scene of the crime, on College Avenue in Blacksburg. Police responded to reports of a fight at approximately 1:50am. The third victim was transported to LewisGale Medical Center for treatment.
With Holmes likely out of the picture for at least the foreseeable future, J.C. Coleman and Trey Edmunds will battle for the starting running back position.