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September 23, 2013

Monday Presser: GT Week

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The main topic with Virginia Tech spilling over from Saturday's 29-21 triple-overtime win over Marshall is with a player who missed the game. And one who has been in this situation before.

Senior kicker Cody Journell was suspended for the Marshall game by coach Frank Beamer due to an undisclosed violation of team rules. After the game, Beamer read a brief statement, but didn't elaborate more. Today, it was more of the same, other than to say Journell will be the kicker again on Thursday at Georgia Tech.

"He's made some mistakes, but he's certainly a good kicker and a good kid and that comes from a good family," Beamer said.

Instead, Beamer is trying to focus on the Yellow Jackets and a short week. Preparation has been moved up a day as the Hokies get ready.

"Today is Tuesday," Beamer said. "You guys may not realize it, but it's really Tuesday as far as our practice preparation goes. It's packing a lot of stuff in a short period of time, and the only time you see this offense this year."

The offense is the triple option that Georgia Tech and coach Paul Johnson are known for. But it's an offense that, while Virginia Tech has had success with, still is different than any other it will face this season.

The Yellow Jackets are also known for low, chop blocks on opposing linemen. It's something senior defensive tackle Derrick Hopkins[ said the Hokies will have to fight through, but one that they've come to expect.

"It's not a tough adjustment because most guys have been doing this for a long time," he said. "So it's like second nature, kind of. We know to expect, what we go to do. It's kind of second nature. It's been four years for most of us."

Virginia Tech is 7-3 all-time against Georgia Tech, including winning the last three meetings between the two teams.

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