Sophomore running back Gerald Holmes knows the running back position at Michigan State is up for grabs and is not afraid to say he's worked hard to be in a position to claim it by the time preseason camp closes.
In his third year in the Spartans program, Holmes started stepping forward in the spring and entered the preseason as one of the leading candidates to earn the starting tailback spot when the Spartan open up their season against Western Michigan.Spartan Digest spoke with Holmes one-on-one at the Spartans media day for more.
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PRIOR TO MSU
Holmes was a three sport standout in high school and considered one of the top running backs in the 2013 recruiting class when he rushed for 14 touchdowns and 1,023 yards on only 94 carries as a senior. Holmes also participated in basketball and track, something that impressed the Spartans coaching staff.
SINCE ARRIVING AT MSU
Holmes redshirted his first year in the program and was named Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week twice. Last season Holmes saw limited time rushing for 44 yards on 15 carries in three games. This spring saw Holmes get even more chances to prove he was ready as he split time with the first team offense and carried 11 times for 48 yards in the Spartans annual Green-White game. Can Holmes win the starting tailback job? We'll soon find out if his summer work has paid off when the Spartan take on Western Michigan.