Ryan Mayer

According to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, University of Georgia running back Elijah Holyfield was arrested by campus police early on Monday morning on a pair of misdemeanor drug charges. Holyfield is the son of former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield.

The charges levied against the sophomore running back are possession and use of drug-related objects and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. According to the AJC, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart is aware of the incident.

Holyfield was a four-star recruit in the Class of 2016 for the Bulldogs, but he played sparingly in his freshman season with the team, recording seven total touches (six rushes, one reception) for 48 yards while appearing in just three games. However, Holyfield was part of a loaded Bulldogs backfield that included Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. This season, Chubb and Michel are back, but with their injury history, there’s a good chance Holyfield would have gotten a somewhat larger role. Holyfield showed a glimpse of what he can do in the team’s spring game when he rushed 15 times for 49 yards and a TD.

In terms of what kind of punishment to expect for Holyfield, the AJC report included the following:

“UGA’s student-athlete drug policy calls for a one-game suspension for a marijuana arrest. Another UGA rising sophomore, receiver Riley Ridley, was arrested on a marijuana charge earlier this year.”

The Bulldogs start their season on Sept. 2, at home, against Sun Belt champ Appalachian State.


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