A Fourth Virginia Football Player Shot Is Recovering - Mike Hollins Is From Louisiana

LSU football coach Brian Kelly said Monday that his players know some of the University of Virginia football players going through a terrible tragedy.

One of the players shot Sunday on the Charlottesville campus is from Baton Rouge - running back Mike Hollins, a junior from University High on the LSU campus. Hollins had surgery for two gun shot wounds on Monday and is doing well, former University High (UHS) coach Chad Mahaffey told reporters on Monday.

Three other Virginia players shot Sunday after 10:15 p.m. at a parking garage died. Those were D'Sean Perry, a junior linebacker from Miami, Lavel Davis Jr., a junior wide receiver from Dorchester, S.C., and Devin Chandler, a junior wide receiver from Huntersville, N.C. They were returning from a field trip with other students.

Suspect Christopher Darnell Jones, a 22-year-old former Virginia running back on the 2018 team, was apprehended Monday. Jones went to Petersburg High School in Petersburg, Virginia.

Some LSU Players Knew The Fallen Virginia Players

"Certainly a very tragic day in Charlottesville," Kelly said to open his weekly press conference on Monday. "And our thoughts and prayers are with the fooball players at Virginia who were victims of a shooting on their campus. It's tragic. Our hearts go out to them, the football program, the University. It's just senseless violence. You know, college campuses should be a place where it's violent free. What happened yesterday is certainly heart breaking, and we certainly pray for all those involved."

Kelly said some of his LSU players knew the victims.

"Certainly hits close to home as well, having players that actually had relationships with players on the team," Kelly said. "Again, thoughts and prayers with everybody involved, and we will certainly keep an eye on this matter."

In nine games this season, Hollins has gained 215 yards on 53 carries with two touchdowns for the Cavaliers (3-7). He rushed eight times for 23 yards and caught three passes for 22 yards in a 37-7 loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Mike Hollins Won 2 State Titles At U-High On LSU Campus

Hollins was part of two state championship teams at U-High, which plays its games blocks from Tiger Stadium. He signed in Virginia's 2019 recruiting class as the No. 50 running back in the nation and No. 25 overall prospect in Louisiana. Hollins won the Warrick Dunn (former Florida State star tailback from Baton Rouge) Award in 2018 as presented by WAFB Channel 9 television in Baton Rouge.

He played in 13 games as a true freshman in 2019, gaining 112 yards on 21 carries with three touchdowns. After not playing in 2020, Hollins gained 213 yards on 49 carries with two touchdowns in nine games in 2021. Hollins has played in nine games this season for the Cavaliers (3-7) and has 215 yards on 53 rushes with two touchdowns.

Virginia has two other players from the Baton Rouge area - sophomore linebacker Jonathan Horton of Baton Rouge and junior wide receiver Dontayvion Wicks of Plaquemine. The Cavaliers have two players from New Orleans - senior wide receiver Keytaon Thompson and sophomore defensive back Donovan Johnson.

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Guilbeau joined OutKick as an SEC columnist in September of 2021 after covering LSU and the Saints for 17 years at USA TODAY Louisiana. He has been a national columnist/feature writer since the summer of 2022, covering college football, basketball and baseball with some NFL, NBA, MLB, TV and Movies and general assignment, including hot dog taste tests. A New Orleans native and Mizzou graduate, he has consistently won Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) and Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) awards since covering Alabama and Auburn at the Mobile Press-Register (1993-98) and LSU and the Saints at the Baton Rouge Advocate (1998-2004). In 2021, Guilbeau won an FWAA 1st for a game feature, placed in APSE Beat Writing, Breaking News and Explanatory, and won Beat Writer of the Year from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA). He won an FWAA columnist 1st in 2017 and was FWAA's top overall winner in 2016 with 1st in game story, 2nd in columns, and features honorable mention. Guilbeau completed a book in 2022 about LSU's five-time national champion coach - "Everything Matters In Baseball: The Skip Bertman Story" - that is available at www.acadianhouse.com, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble outlets. He lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, the former Michelle Millhollon of Thibodaux who previously covered politics for the Baton Rouge Advocate and is a communications director.