Beamer Has High Praise for Holmes

By: Damon Dillman Email
By: Damon Dillman Email

When Frank Beamer watches Harrisonburg's Michael Holmes run, Beamer says he's reminded of one of the best running backs he's had at Virginia Tech.

"First time I saw him I thought he reminded me of Lee Suggs," Beamer said Wednesday at his annual signing day press conference.

Suggs played for Beamer from 1999-02, and is sixth on the school's all-time rushing list with 2,767 yards.

In Holmes, the Hokies landed the two-time Virginia AA offensive player of the year.

He leaves Harrisonburg as the school's all-time leading rusher, including 2,877 yards as a senior last fall. Holmes also scored 41 touchdowns in 2010.

"I think AA player of the year two years running, he's the real thing," said Beamer. "So get him in here, and he's going to have an opportunity to get some playing time."

Holmes said Wednesday morning he was anxious to start the Hokies' workout program.

He was also well aware of the team's situation at running back, where underclassmen Ryan Williams and Darren Evans both recently declared for the NFL Draft.

"It's really whatever they do. If they want me to play, then I'll work hard and play. But if they want me to redshirt then I'll just work harder, then next year play," Holmes said of playing early. "I mean, I'm ready to go now. I'm ready to get down there and try my hardest, and just work for my spot."

Holmes was one of 20 players who signed with Virginia Tech Wednesday, but one of only eight from Virginia.

The Hokies also lost one of their commitments, quarterback Lafonte Thourogood of Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach, when he signed instead with Vanderbilt.

Tech signed 11 players on the defensive side of the ball but was left without a quarterback in the class when Thourogood joined new coach James Franklin at Vanderbilt.


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