Cody Journell’s rocky career with the Virginia Tech football team is over.
The Hokies dismissed the senior kicker Wednesday for an undisclosed violation of team policies, ending what was a checkered 4½ years with Virginia Tech.
The school said in a release that head coach Frank Beamer would have no further comment on the issue.
Journell declined comment through an email request Wednesday night. He also deactivated his Twitter account.
The dismissal ends Journell’ turbulent career at Virginia Tech, where he went 44-for-58 on field goals and finished sixth on the Hokies’ all-time scoring list with 233 points.
But Journell’s time in Blacksburg will be more remembered for the trouble he got in off the field. The Ripplemead native was suspended from the team after being arrested on a highly-publicized breaking and entering charge in December of 2011, when he spent nearly a week in jail.
He was found guilty of a reduced charge of misdemeanor trespassing that spring and ordered to do 100 hours of community service. He was reinstated to the team that summer.
He had a problem-free 2012 and had his best kicking year, going 20-for-25 on field goals. He made clutch kicks all season, with game-winners against Georgia Tech, Virginia and Rutgers and a late field goal against Boston College that forced overtime.
His 2013 has had far more ups and downs. Journell went 10-for-16 on field goal attempts this year, missing two field goals and an extra point against East Carolina and two more that proved costly in a 13-10 loss to Duke.
In between, he served a one-game suspension against Marshall for an unspecified violation of team rules.
He also had some high points, making a career-long 56-yard field goal at Boston College two weeks ago, matching the longest in the NCAA this year. He earned ACC Specialist of the Week honors twice.
Beamer has not announced a replacement kicker. Nobody on the Hokies’ roster has made a field goal in a college game.
Ethan Keyserling, who is listed as a punter, took Journell’s place against Marshall but went 0-for-3 on field goal attempts, missing from 36, 50 and 32 yards in a driving rain.
Kickoff specialists Mitchell Ludwig, who has been out with a leg injury lately, and Michael Branthover are two other possible options. Freshman walk-ons R.J. Warfel and Eric Kristensen are also on the roster.
Offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler said his staff will have to sit down to decide if it will have to be more aggressive against Maryland on Saturday because the Hokies don’t have an established kicker.
“We’ll worry about our phase and try to score touchdowns,” he said.
Defensive coordinator Bud Foster didn’t know who the kicker wearing No. 1 was at practice Wednesday. It was Kristensen.
“I think we must have picked him up in an aisle at Walmart or something like that, or Kroger,” he said. “I don’t even know his name. I’m sorry. … I’m pulling for the guy.”