Virginia Tech kicker Cody Journell has been reinstated to the team after he was suspended indefinitely in December following his arrest, but coach Frank Beamer said Journell could have a little bit of competition this summer to get his starting job back.
Journell made 14 of 17 field goals and 43 of 44 extra points last year before he was arrested and charged with a felony of breaking and entering. He pled guilty to misdemeanor trespassing in May. Beamer said he has since spoken with Journell by phone, and is convinced his kicker has learned a lesson.
“Cody made a terrible mistake, he made a terrible judgment,” Beamer said. “I want him to come back. He’s a good person, he’s got a good family. I want to see this thing end up in a successful direction and him learn from what happened, which I’m certain he has, and his personal life be good and his football life be good. I think he’s going to have some challenges. I think we’ve got some kids coming in who could challenge the situation, but right now, he was very good last year.”
Beamer said he might have made some different decisions in his kicking game in the Sugar Bowl against Michigan, had Journell been able to play. His return will give Beamer’s special teams unit an immediate boost.