Hokies invite female kicker to practice
A female freshman kicked so well in an open tryout that Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer invited her to return for spring practices, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.
Lauren Luttrell, who kicked for the Spotsylvania (Va.) High School team last year, performed well enough Monday to earn a chance to compete again for a roster spot in the spring.
"Right now it's kind of tough to come out there and get a lot of attention. Things are happening so fast right now," Beamer said. "But I was impressed with her and we'll bring her back out there in the spring."
The 13th-ranked Hokies have two senior kickers on the roster in Tyler Weiss and Justin Myer, along with sophomore Cody Journell.
There have been a handful of female kickers in college football history, but Katie Hnida is the only female kicker to record a point at the FBS level, doing so for New Mexico in 2003.