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Just four months after surviving a shooting that took the lives of three of his University of Virginia football teammates, running back Mike Hollins is back in practice for the Cavaliers.
Hollins was seen in spring practice as a full participant after being discharged from the hospital in November and spending time on a ventilator.
Spring practice is the first time the Cavaliers will be taking part in football activities since the shooting - after the school cancelled their final two games of the season and failed to make a bowl game.
Head coach Tony Elliott praised Hollins for his dedication to the team and his resilience in the face of tragedy.
'Just to watch how he's attacked everything, could easily have made excuses, easily have overthought things and but he's taking it upon himself to respond and show perseverance and be resilient,' Elliott said.
Virginia football running back Mike Hollins is back in practice after being shot in November
Hollins (right) was released from the hospital in November after spending time on a ventilator and recovering after being wounded in the mass shooting
'I think a lot of it is for himself, but the majority of it is for his teammates. There was a time when we didn't know if he'd ever have the chance to play to play football again,' Elliot continued.
'I'm just grateful to be on the grass, grateful to have an opportunity to be here at the University of Virginia and lead this program, lead these young men, all the guys that decided to come back and pick up the pieces and turn this tragedy into a triumph.
'Just so happy for Mike because we all know that as a football player that your time is going to come to an end. You definitely wouldn't want it to come to an end in that fashion. So