Holloman enrolls at FIU, won’t seek eligibility waiver

Credit: Kristin M. Bradshaw

Credit: Kristin M. Bradshaw

Jeremiah “J.J.” Holloman has found a new home.

The Georgia Bulldogs’ leading receiver from last season enrolled last week at Florida International, an FBS school coached by Butch Davis and located in Miami. Holloman is participating this week in the Panthers’ preseason camp. He is wearing the No. 4 jersey.

Oneida Holloman, his mother, said Holloman will not seek an eligibility waiver and plans to sit out this season. She said he considered pursuing immediate eligibility at several smaller schools, but decided to start over in Division I and continue to pursue a degree in sports management. Holloman is a junior this fall.

Holloman was dismissed from UGA by coach Kirby Smart on June 21.

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The dismissal came soon after Smart learned that Holloman had been accused of assaulting a female acquaintance more than a year earlier, in April 2018. Holloman admitted to police he had struck the woman. The victim, who was not a UGA student, declined to pursue charges and the case was closed.

Oneida Holloman said there was more to the story than had been revealed, but declined to speak on the record about the circumstances. She said her son is ready to move on and put the incident behind him. She said they are not upset with UGA.

Holloman will be missed this season in a Georgia wide receiver corps he was expected to lead both on and off the field. His 24 catches for 418 yards and 5 touchdowns last year was tops among returning wideouts. Holloman also represented UGA as a member of the team’s leadership committee.

He’ll have two seasons of eligibility at FIU.