Holmes on the comeback trail

Holmes on the comeback trail

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - There seems to be a certain vibe to Tyre'oune Holmes in the early going of Southern Miss fall football camp.

His expression toward the opening of a new season perhaps reveals even more.

"It was refreshing just to be out here in the air," Holmes said of opening up practice last week. "Football is in the air. It's what I love to do so it was like the feeling is really indescribable. I can't describe it but it's really just amazing to be out here again."

Yes, Golden Eagle football is back at it again. But Holmes' sentiments are from a young man who hasn't been "out here" for the last two seasons. If the name sounds familiar, it's because the 5-foot-11 wide receiver led the Golden Eagles in receptions (53) as a true freshman in 2013.

This earned him All-Conference USA honorable mention and All-Freshman team honors. This was all put to a halt, though, after Holmes tore his left meniscus the following fall. He appeared in just two games as a redshirt sophomore in 2015.

Now, with the grind of rehab and watching the program improve in his rear view, Holmes seems to be back.

"It was a hard journey coming from leading the team in receptions to not playing at all, he said. "It was a grind but I got through it. I didn't get through it alone with the help of my teammates, my family and just embraced the grind and got myself back healthy."

Holmes is just one piece to what could be a diverse and explosive group of pass catchers. Senior D.J, Thompson is back as the top returning receiver but after that, there are plenty of spots up for grabs.

Isaiah Jones and Allenzae Staggers have stood out in the early going of practice. Both come over from East Mississippi Community College (See Netflix documentary "Last Chance U").

Junior Marquise Ricard is another name to check for as well. Whether beating opponents with blazing speed or high level leaping ability, Holmes said this group has a lot to offer.

"This receiving core, we've got it all," Holmes said. "Speed, height, we can jump (and) run. No matter who is on the field we're gonna make plays regardless from the ones, twos, threes or whatever. We jell so good. Even though we all come from different places it's just like we're all a big family."