In a move that some would say has been in the making for nearly two years, Virginia Tech has brought to an end the Hokies career of one of the best kickers in the country — at least, one of the best kickers in the country entering the 2013 season.
Tech announced Wednesday evening that Cody Journell has been dismissed from the football program. Other than your obligatory “violation of team policies,” no reason for the departure was given.
Journell was suspended for one game in mid-September this year, again for the ubiquitous violation of unspecified team rules. In December of 2011, Journell was charged with felony breaking and entering; after the charge was reduced to a misdemeanor, he was reinstated to the team last July.
Prior to this year, Journell had made 34-of-42 field goal attempts. In 2013, Journell had connected on just 10-of-16 attempts.
Ethan Keyserling, who kicked in place of Journell during his suspension earlier this year, will assume field-goal duties. Keyserling has missed all three of his FG attempts this season.