Hokies’ head coach Frank Beamer told reporters the dismissal was due to a “violation of team policies” and that he would no longer comment on the situation.
Back in 2011, Journell was arrested for breaking and entering before the Hokies lost to the Michigan Wolverines in the 2012 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana. Although he had the felony reduced to a misdemeanor, he was suspended indefinitely.
Journell, however, was reinstated to the team in the summer of 2012.
Earlier this season, Journell was suspended for a “violation of team rules.” The suspension caused Journell to miss the Hokies’ 29-21 triple overtime victory over the Marshall Thundering Herd on September 21.
Over his career, Journell has made 44 of his 58 field goal attempts and 101 of his 106 extra point attempts. Journell was expected to be one of the best kickers in the nation in 2013, but went just 10-of-16.
Ethan Keyserling kicked when Journell was suspended. He went three-of-three on extra points but has missed all three of his field goal attempts. He is expected to assume the job.