Virginia Tech will need a new placekicker for the Sugar Bowl. Cody Journell was arrested on Wednesday night in Blacksburg and charged with breaking and entering, according to a report by the Roanoke Times. He has been indefinitely suspended.
Journell and two other men were arrested when police responded to a call from a Lee Street residence, and they are being held without bond at the Montgomery County Jail. Each man was charged with breaking and entering, a class 2 felony due to the alleged use of a dangerous weapon, according to the Roanoke Times report.
Journell, a r-sophomore, was Virginia Tech’s placekicker this year. He was 14-of-17 on his field goal tries this year, with a long of 42 yards. He has not missed a field goal since the Marshall game in late September.
Journell’s replacement is likely to be r-senior Tyler Weiss, who was used in the Duke game when Journell was hurt. Weiss made both of his PAT attempts in that game, but missed his only field goal attempt from 29 yards. He was the starting kicker for Murray State as a freshman in 2007, making 7-of-10 attempts with a long of 48 yards. However, he was 0-of-3 this past spring in scrimmages in Lane Stadium.
Another possible replacement is senior kickoff specialist Justin Myer. Frank Beamer will likely hold a kicking competition between Weiss and Myer in the week leading up to the Sugar Bowl.