Report: Suspended Virginia Tech kicker Cody Journell could return to team after plea

Virginia Tech kicker Cody Journell reportedly could return to the team after being suspended indefinitely following a December arrest. The Roanoke Times' Andy Bitter reported over the weekend that Journell will plead to a misdemeanor trespassing charge in the incident, according to his lawyer, Jimmy Turk.

Journell and two others were charged with felony breaking and entering, due to the alleged use of a dangerous weapon while entering the home of Virginia Tech basketball player Dorenzo Hudson on Dec. 22. The trio allegedly was looking to retrieve stolen marijuana.

Virginia Tech policy requires that student-athletes charged with a felony be suspended until the charge is dropped, dismissed or resolved. By pleading to a lesser misdemeanor charge, Turk believes his client will have the opportunity to rejoin the Hokies' football team.

"I think it's a very fair disposition for Cody," Turk told The Roanoke Times. "And he just simply needs to get his behind him and get back to what he was doing, which will certainly be playing football and going to Virginia Tech as a student.

"He'll be a much better person and a much better student-athlete. And I think this should serve to be a very fair learning experience for a lot of student-athletes at Virginia Tech."

A misdemeanor charge will require Journell to complete 100 hours of community service, but serve no jail time. The rising junior earned honorable mention All-ACC honors in 2011 after converting on 14 of 17 attempts, and could answer a huge question in the Hokies' special teams.

Now-graduated kickoff specialist Justin Myer handled the placekicking duties in Virginia Tech's Sugar Bowl loss to Michigan, and neither Conor Goulding nor Ethan Keyserling - the leading candidates coming out of spring practice - has attempted a field goal in a game.

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