The Hokies put punter A.J. Hughes and long snapper Joe St. Germain on scholarship recently.
Hughes, a 6-foot-1, 190-pounder from Terre Haute, Ind., started as a true freshman this year, bringing consistency to the Hokies’ punting woes. He started all 13 games, averaging 40.6 yards on 79 punts, with a long of 57.
His best effort probably came in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Hughes punted 11 times in the low-scoring affair, averaging 42.2 yards per kick. Three went longer than 50 yards and four were downed inside the 20. The performance earned Hughes recognition on several all-bowl teams.
St. Germain, a 6-foot, 212-pound rising junior from Los Alamitos, Calif., started all 13 games as the Hokies’ primary long snapper.