"Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Jim Weaver announced Friday that Cody Journell has been reinstated to the Hokie football program, effective immediately.
"Cody has fulfilled all of the obligations in conjunction with his suspension and is back as an active member of the team," Weaver said.
The redshirt junior from Ripplemead, Va., made 14-of-17 field goals last year and 43-of-44 extra points in his first year as the starting placekicker."
Journell had been suspended indefinitely and removed from the team after a December arrest in which he participated in the home invasion of former Virginia Tech basketball player Dorenzo Hudson. Journell plead guilty to a lesser trespassing misdemeanor in May, allowing him to avoid jail time. He was sentenced to one year of probation and 100 hours of community service.
It is unclear if Journell will resume his duties as the starting placekicker, but considering the talent advantage he has over the other kickers on the Virginia Tech roster, he will probably at least be in the conversation for kicking duties. In the past, Beamer has allowed players who have faced legal trouble to return to the team, but in many cases, those players do so in reserve roles. It will be interesting to see how Journell's case plays out.
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