It appears C.J. Holmes’ tenure in Penn State’s defensive backfield is finished.
The former Notre Dame running back, who transferred to the Nittany Lions as a sophomore in 2018 and converted to safety, has entered the NCAA transfer portal, according to Rivals.com.
I just wanna ball!
— ㅤ (@CjHo1mes) June 9, 2020
Holmes was an intriguing player for Penn State, a former four-star recruit who played a bit as a true freshman at running back for Notre Dame (eight carries for 32 yards in an Oct. 7, 2017 game against North Carolina). He was still doing some work with the scout team on offense at Penn State last season. It just didn’t seem like he was going to play much for Penn State moving forward, though — even with veteran starter Garrett Taylor graduated and opening up a starting spot. Penn State has Lamont Wade established as a starter, and Jaquan Brisker and Jonathan Sutherland are fighting for increased roles. The safety group also added true freshman Enzo Jennings and converted cornerback Trent Gordon to the group during the offseason.
Donnie Collins has been a member of The Times-Tribune sports staff for nearly 20 years and has been the Penn State football beat writer for Times-Shamrock Newspapers since 2004. The Penn State Football Blog covers Nittany Lions, Big Ten and big-time college football news from Beaver Stadium to the practice field, the bowl game to National Letter of Intent Signing Day. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9100 x5368; @DonnieCollinsTT