The Michigan Wolverines will be facing a team without its starting kicker for the Sugar Bowl, as Virginia Tech has suspended place kicker Cody Journell from its football program following an alleged home invasion. According to the Roanoke Times, Journell was arrested and charged with breaking and entering after he and two others entered the home of a Virginia Tech basketball player.Journell, along with Matthew D. Dunton and Matthew I. Brady, was charged with a Class 2 felony due to the alleged use of a dangerous weapon.
It looks as though that weapon could have been an airsoft handgun, the charges could still reflect a deadly weapon, especially if the situation is one that prosecutors and a judge deem as one that could has escalated into something life-threatening. According to the report, the whole incident revolves around some sort of drug transaction.
Journell is accused of entering the house of Dorenzo Hudson and Sean Allen with a weapon, with intent to commit larceny, assault and battery or perhaps another felony. The three supposedly rushed into the house after one of them knocked on the door holding a pizza box. An altercation reportedly occurred later, after the three left the house.
Virginia Tech's policy is to immediately suspend any student athlete arrested and charged with a felony. Journell is suspended indefinitely and should be out of action for the Sugar Bowl.