As Ben alluded to a couple of months ago, it was thought that, after kicker Cody Journell had reached a plea agreement that wrapped up his “legal situation,” a reinstatement to the Virginia Tech football team would likely be in the offing.
Friday, that’s exactly what went down as the Hokies announced in a press release that Journell is back on the team after he was reinstated. The move comes almost exactly seven months after Journell was suspended indefinitely by the school.
“Cody has fulfilled all of the obligations in conjunction with his suspension and is back as an active member of the team,” Tech athletic Jim Weaver said in a statement.
In December, Journell was one of three individuals charged with breaking and entering. The original charge was a felony due to a “dangerous weapon” being involved in the crime, which triggered an automatic suspension per Tech policy.
Pleading the charge down to misdemeanor trespassing, however, set the wheels in motion for a return.
Prior to his arrest, the redshirt junior made 14-of-17 field goals last year and 43-of-44 extra points in his first year as the starting placekicker.