Wide receiver JJ Holloman dismissed from the team after investigation

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Georgia football wide receiver Jeremiah Holloman has been dismissed from the Georgia football team. The news was first reported by the Covington News.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart gave a statement regarding Holloman:

“Jeremiah Holloman no longer represents the University of Georgia football program,” Smart said. “We expect every member of our team to uphold the highest standards and values of the University of Georgia and Georgia football. It is disappointing when this does not happen.”

According to a police report from the UGA Police Department obtained by DawgNation, the alleged incident took place in April of 2018  but was not reported until June 2, 2019leading to pending charges of aggravated assault and battery.

The police report states that the victim had gotten into an argument with Holloman after the 2018 G-Day game. The victim alleges that Holloman had choked her and later punched her in the face.

The victim received six stitches after the alleged incident at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center that morning. Holloman stated the injuries to the victim occurred when he has pushed her over. Holloman also denied choking the victim according to the police report.

Holloman was expected to be Georgia’s top receiver this year. Last season he caught 24 passes for 418 yards and 5 touchdowns. The Bulldogs lost their top three receivers from last year’s team.

In Georgia’s 2019 G-Day game, Holloman caught 3 passes for 54 yards and a touchdown.

“My role has changed,” Holloman said after G-Day. “I know that all the younger guys are looking at me now. I can’t let them down. I know I have to push myself to get better day in and day out. If I’m slacking one day, the younger guys will think it’s OK for them to slack. So, every day I have to come in and do my best and just keep pushing.”

Wide receiver was already expected to be one of the weaker areas on Georgia’s team heading into the 2019 season, due to the departures of Mecole Hardman, Riley Ridley and Terry Godwin. With Holloman now reportedly off the team, Georgia’s leading returning wide receiver is Tyler Simmons. As a junior, Simmons caught 9 passes for 138 yards last season.

Georgia did bring in several wide receivers this offseason to offset some of the expected losses. Georgia signed 5-star wide receiver George Pickens, 4-star wide receiver Dominick Blaylock and 4-star athlete Makiya Tongue. The Bulldogs also brought in Lawrence Cager from Miami. Last season he caught 21 passes for 374 yards and 6 touchdowns for the Hurricanes.

Related: How Lawrence Cager ended up at Georgia

Quarterback Jake Fromm does return for his junior season this year. Like Fromm, Holloman was a 4-star signee in the 2017 recruiting class, Georgia’s first under Smart. He comes from Covington, Ga. and played his high school football at Newton High School.

The Bulldogs open the 2019 season on Aug. 31, when Georgia takes on Vanderbilt.

 

 

 

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