Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

November 16, 2013

Freshman walk-on to handle kicking

BLACKSBURG, Va. — With the dismissal of Cody Journell earlier this week, the Virginia Tech Sports Information Department announced on Friday that the Hokies plan to debut a new kicker today against Maryland.

True freshman Eric Kristensen, a walk-on from Ann Arbor, Mich., who made it through student tryouts in September, will become the 11th true freshman to play this season for the Hokies. Kristensen said the plan was for him to kick extra points and any field goals within 42 yards, and Michael Branthover will handle anything longer than that.

Also a prep soccer player, his career long in a high school game was 46, and he has been successful from 63 yards in practice.

Kristensen originally had offer from Siena Heights, an NCAA school in Michigan, but decided to enroll at Virginia Tech, and inquired about possibly playing for the football team.

“I have some family friends who went to Virginia Tech and I’ve always been interested in the school, mainly for engineering,” Kristensen said. “When I visited down here, I talked to Coach Jim Cavanaugh, who told me straight up that I’d have to make it through student walk-on tryouts by kicking in the stadium in front of Coach (Frank) Beamer.

“They invited me back and I figured I would either handle kickoffs or redshirt. Mitchell Ludwig did such a great job on kickoffs that I thought I’d sit out this year, but now things have changed and I’m ready to roll.”

Kristensen's parents, Daniel and Jo-Anne, booked a last-minute flight and should be in the stands on Saturday.

Text Only
College Sports
Local Sports
Sports Videos
Steelers feeling a sense of urgency in camp 5 things I think I think about the Atlanta Falcons Paul Breitner: We're sure Julian Green will be a great player for Bayern Reaction to Ray Rice's comments How the MLB Trade Deadline Will Affect the Postseason Recapping a Blockbuster MLB Trade Deadline Marshawn Lynch Ends Holdout - @TheBuzzeronFOX Dombrowski on bringing David Price to Detroit Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Tiger Woods: 1 on 1 3 Questions with Gary Payton: Kevin Love, Andrew Wiggins and Derrick Rose Players Only: Marcus Mariota's Course Load at Oregon How We Almost Got Johnny Cowboy Donald Sterling Loses The Clippers For Good - @TheBuzzeronFox Franklin talks leaving Vandy Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX Michael Jordan OK With LeBron James Wearing No. 23? - @TheBuzzeronFox The Cornhuskers have gone...Loco? McNabb: Two games is not acceptable for me Ortiz, Price Feud Is Upsetting To Children - @TheBuzzeronFOX
Pro Sports