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Hokies give kicker Cody Journell the boot

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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.

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8 Responses to “Hokies give kicker Cody Journell the boot”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 13, 2013 5:13 PM

    I blame those helmets….

  2. thegamecocker says: Nov 13, 2013 6:18 PM

    You can’t teach STUPID! And this guy apparently fits the bill.

  3. ndirish10 says: Nov 13, 2013 7:07 PM

    How is it that TMZ has one of the biggest sports news headlines right now?!

  4. John Taylor says: Nov 13, 2013 7:22 PM

    Because they don’t have to go through layers of editing on a story like this, genius.

  5. ndirish10 says: Nov 13, 2013 7:43 PM


    I know you do a great job at making sure that things YOU post filter “through layers of editing.” Others have not. Just surprised to see that there is no reference of an FSU student-athlete year long on-going investigation. Headline could have easily read, “FSU student-athlete under yearlong investigation,” and then update once more facts come in. But thanks for responding, chief.

  6. John Taylor says: Nov 13, 2013 7:45 PM

    My nerves were on edge because it was taking soooooo loooooong. My apologies for getting snippy.

  7. ndirish10 says: Nov 13, 2013 7:48 PM

    No problem JT. Your post along with Keith’s are my reads for the day. Sometimes TMZ too, just for kicks. Just read your post on the matter.

  8. mogogo1 says: Nov 14, 2013 10:32 AM

    Having difficulty understanding how any major program allows themselves to get caught without a backup kicker. According to his bio on the VT website, Keyserling didn’t even kick FGs in high school and was a punter his entire time with VT until this season. Now, he’s going to take all the criticism for not being very good, when he was never a kicker to begin with. My sympathies to him.

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