CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA(WFXR) — Spring football kicking off Tuesday for the Virginia Cavaliers football team. It is the first time the team has been back on the practice field since the tragic shooting death of Cavalier players Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler and D’Sean Perry last November.

Shooting victim in running back Mike Hollins, Jr. also is back on the field. Hollins in fact took part in winter workouts in his recovery from the shooting.

“I am really really proud of how he has progressed. His status is full go. But we will be smart. as we transition with the full contact stuff. we want to be mindful and go his pace. He has played a lot of football so it is something we do not have to figure out what we have to do I want to do what is best for him full of mind body and spirit,” said Virginia Head Football Coach Tony Elliott.

They don’t call him Iron Mike for nothing his desire and spirit and his character it really shows everyday out here during workouts and practice, it is just motivating, you se a guy go through so much, he is actually my roommate. I spend a lot of time with him and just the way he has carried himself and throughout this tragedy and how he continues to carry himself it is surreal,” said Virginia 5th year running Perris Jones.

The Cavaliers spring football game kicks off on April 15th at 2pm from Scott Stadium