Virginia tailback Mike Hollinswho narrowly escaped being shot in the stomach november shooting attack The first touchdown of the Cavaliers’ spring game, which killed three teammates, was met with a standing ovation on Saturday.
Hollins rushed 7 yards over the middle to cheers from supporters at Scott Stadium. He later scored a 1-yard touchdown run in the end zone. painted to remember their fallen comrades, LaVell Davis Jr., d’sean perry And Devin Chandler,
Hollins, who had 11 carries for 40 yards in the first half of the spring game, patted the ground and celebrated the score. He did not play in the second half.
Virginia coach Tony Elliott said there were no plans to get Hollins the first touchdown, but he said extensive work had been done to prepare his players to remind them of their fallen teammates, which they would face in Saturday’s spring game. I was expecting an encounter.
“Constant reminders have been given, and there will be more as we move forward,” Elliott said. “We talked about it, our sports psychology team worked with them on some exercises to do when they were stressed or overwhelmed or anxious. But in terms of that first touch, it just came organically.”
Hollins later thanked fans in a video posted on Virginia’s Twitter account on Saturday.
A special message from Mike Hollins!#UVAStrong , #GoHoos pic.twitter.com/3y6aHxKhH8
— Virginia Cavaliers (@VirginiaSports) April 15, 2023
Hollins spent a week in the hospital after his Wounded while running towards the bus where his comrades were shot, according to his mother. Virginia canceled its final two games of the 2022 season, and Saturday’s spring game marked the first time the Cavaliers played in front of fans since the deaths of Davis, Perry and Chandler.
Hollins has practiced throughout the spring and he said Never had any intention of leaving UVA After shooting.
“I could leave, I could relocate, but I feel like sweeping things under the rug and not handling the situation better,” Hollins said last month. “The best place for me to move forward — not moving forward, but moving forward — is in Charlottesville with people who shared that experience with me.
“No one across the country feels the way we feel here at the facility. No one in the country knows how I feel about the situation except for the people here at this facility, and when I talked about leaving I felt an uneasy feeling when I thought about it. I’m glad I stayed because the support is what I needed to receive right now.”
Elliott said Hollins’ role this spring has been crucial in helping the Cavaliers balance the need to prepare for the upcoming season while still not ignoring the raw emotions as players mourn Davis, Perry and Chandler. have been
“Their lives have been affected and changed forever, so it has been an inspiration to all to see their resilience and willingness to move forward with purpose every single day,” Elliott said. “To be able to put everything into perspective and understand that yeah, we’re not moving forward, but we have to move forward — and they set the pace and the direction of how we’re moving forward.”
Virginia finished 3-7 last season and saw a wave of year-end transfers, including quarterback Brennan Armstrong,
In Saturday’s game, Monmouth transfer tony muscat Took a step toward earning Virginia’s starting job, completing 11 of 14 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown. Jack Gries, grandson of NFL legend Bob Gries, led all rushers with 90 yards on 12 carries, two of which went for touchdowns.