Virginia Tech down another kicker
Myer expected to place kick in Sugar Bowl, 0-2 on season
NEW ORLEANS -- Virginia Tech has sent kicker Tyler Weiss home because of a curfew violation in New Orleans, where the Hokies are preparing to meet Michigan in the Sugar Bowl on Tuesday.
Weiss was put on a bus to Roanoke, Va. -- an 833-mile trip, one way -- after he was not present for a 1 a.m. bed check early Thursday, Virginia Tech spokesman Bryan Johnston said.
Weiss, a fifth-year senior, was elevated from a backup role when kicker Cody Journell was suspended last week after being arrested for his alleged involvement in a home invasion.
Weiss missed his only field goal try this season, a 29-yard attempt.
No. 11 Virginia Tech now has one kicker with experience -- kickoff specialist Justin Myer, who missed both of his field goal tries -- from 57 and 53 yards -- this season.
Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer told reporters Myer is expected to handle the place-kicking against No. 13 Michigan. He also said punter Michael Branthover and redshirt freshman Conor Goulding would get a crack at the job in practice.
"We had curfew. We talked about it a lot. (Weiss) didn't make it and we're going to send him home," Beamer said.
"My kickers are not bad guys," Beamer added. "They just made bad decisions. And young people do that."