ALBANY — University at Albany football wide receiver Dev Holmes won’t play in Saturday’s home game against Lafayette.
UAlbany head coach Greg Gattuso confirmed that much on Tuesday, but little else regarding the decision to suspend the sophomore from Troy.
“Not going to discuss internal,” Gattuso said. “This is a family thing. Between Dev and I.”
Gattuso did not commit to Holmes’ suspension being for only one game.
“I can only tell you that I’m not going to talk about it,” said Gattuso, whose team lost 38-35 last weekend at Monmouth. “I try to take care of my players, and that’s all this is.”
Holmes did practice Tuesday, but as a member of the scout team’s offense. Holmes was not made available to area reporters after Tuesday’s workout.
“Right now, we’re just kind of focusing on Lafayette,” UAlbany redshirt freshman Jeff Undercuffler said of Holmes’ absence from the team’s lineup for, at least, this weekend’s game.
“Guys have to step up,” Gattuso said, “and we feel we have good people.”
After a freshman season in which he starred early before his production fell off as defenses focused on him, Holmes has six receptions for 36 yards through UAlbany’s 1-2 start this year. Holmes ranks fourth on UAlbany this year in receptions and fifth in receiving yards, categories he ranked No. 1 in last year for the Great Danes.
“I’m just taking it day by day. I’m thinking positive. Staying positive,” Holmes said last week of his slow start to the campaign. “There’s no ‘I’ in ‘team,’ so I’m not trying to bring the culture down because I’m not getting the ball or my stats aren’t good through the first two games. It’s only been two games.”
“I know he’s frustrated. I know he wants the ball 20 times a game, and that’s OK,” Gattuso said last week. “I want a guy like that. I’m never unhappy when a guy wants the ball.”
Asked if Holmes’ suspension was related to being “frustrated,” Gattuso wouldn’t say.
“I don’t know. I don’t want to get into it,” Gattuso said. “Not going to talk about it.”