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“I’m back this week and everything’s going to be fine,” Virginia Tech kicker Cody Journell said after his 1-game suspension.
Monday, September 23, 2013
BLACKSBURG - Frank Beamer is backing Cody Journell again.
Virginia Tech's head coach said Journell will return from a one-game suspension for an unspecified violation of team rules to kick in the Hokies' game at Georgia Tech on Thursday.
"He's made some mistakes, but he's certainly a good kicker and a good kid and [comes from a] good family," Beamer said.
The senior from Ripplemead has faced disciplinary measures before. He had a very public arrest with two others in December of 2011 on a breaking and entering charge that, according to court testimony, was about stolen marijuana.
The charge was later pleaded down to misdemeanor trespassing. He was required to do 100 hours of community service and rejoined the team in the summer after a seven-month suspension, missing only the Sugar Bowl.
Asked about Journell's history and whether that gave him pause about allowing the senior to stay on the team, Beamer declined comment.
"I made that statement after the game Saturday and that's all I'm saying about Cody," Beamer said.
The statement following the Marshall game only said that Journell had been suspended for a game for an unspecified violation of team rules.
"All I'm saying is that I made a mistake last week and I'm sorry for it," Journell said Monday without getting into specifics. "And I want to apologize to the coaches and players and my family and everybody that supports me. But I'm back this week and everything's going to be fine."
Journell didn't elaborate but said he settled the matter with Beamer prior to Saturday's game against Marshall. He said he was never given a last-straw ultimatum.
Journell has on-the-field issues to work out, too. He's coming off his worst game as a collegian, when he missed an extra point and two field goals against East Carolina, with another miss negated by a penalty. Journell said something was off with his plant foot in that game and that he might have overcorrected on subsequent kicks, leading to more struggles.
He's still made 36 of 46 career field goals, a 78.6 percent clip. Only four of those misses have been from closer than 40 yards.
"As far as his ability kicking, he's solid," Beamer said. "Got the same flight every time. Made some big kicks. I think that's a good kicker for us."
Journell's replacement, junior walk-on punter Ethan Keyserling, missed all three of his field goal attempts in rainy weather against Marshall. Other than Journell, the Hokies don't have a kicker on the roster who has made a field goal in a college game.
Hokie Stone helmets
Virginia Tech will debut its "Hokie Stone" helmets Thursday at Georgia Tech.
The school announced on Monday afternoon, releasing a picture of the raw version of the helmet - there will be some stickers attached to it as well.
Georgia Tech has announced it is wearing white throwback jerseys to celebrate Grant Field's 100th anniversary, meaning it's likely the Hokies will wear maroon with the new helmet.
The school released an exclamation point-laced statement from Beamer about the helmet design:
"When you look at this helmet, it's not flashy, but it means a tremendous amount to this University," Beamer said in the release. "The outside world may have to do a double-take, but the Hokie Nation will know exactly what it is: Hokie Stone! And it's something we're proud of."
Virginia Tech's Oct. 5 game at Lane Stadium against North Carolina will be a 12:30 p.m. kickoff. It will be televised on WFXR in Southwest Virginia.
Four of the Hokies' first six games this year have been scheduled for before 2 p.m., with three in the noon hour.
With this week's game being Thursday night, Virginia Tech has only a few days to switch gears and get ready to play Georgia Tech's unique option offense.
This is the first time in six matchups against Paul Johnson's option attack that the Hokies haven't had at least a full week to prepare. They had 11 days before Thursday nighters in 2010 and '11 and the entire offseason before last season's Labor Day opener.
Beamer said coaches graded film Saturday night after the Marshall game. Tech has used parts of previous Sunday practices to do brief work on Georgia Tech, something it hasn't done in the past.
Safety T.J. Shaw, who ran the option at Franklin County High School, will be the scout team quarterback for the fourth straight year leading up to the Georgia Tech game. Many players say the adjustment to facing an offense like the Yellow Jackets' is overblown, however.
"Most guys have been doing this for a long time," defensive tackle Derrick Hopkins said. "So it's like second nature, kind of. We know to expect, what we've got to do. It's been four years for most of us."
Georgia Tech is also coming off a short week, having beaten North Carolina 28-20 at home Saturday.
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