Holmes, the 6-foot-5, 243-pound senior tight end, will return for a fifth year of eligibility after receiving a medical redshirt this year. He played in just two games before suffering a broken wrist in practice prior to Purdue's game with Notre Dame.
Instead of walking with the seniors before Saturday's final home game, he will watch the ceremony from the sidelines.
Holmes, a Miramar, Florida native, has played in 37 games in his Purdue career, compiling 37 catches and three touchdowns. He was on the preseason watch list for the Mackey Award this season. He never got the chance to fight for that recognition.
Next season, Holmes will be needed as a key target in the Boilermakers' upstart passing attack, led by current freshman quarterback Danny Etling. The tight end position is essential in John Shoop's offense, creating mismatches in the defense. Holmes will be needed in year two of the Darrell Hazell era.