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All-Met Kicker Chooses Virginia Tech

All-Met kicker Andrew Lloyd of James Wood has committed to play for Virginia Tech. Lloyd's father, Philip, reports that the Hokies recently offered Lloyd a preferred walk-on slot, with the opportunity to compete for a scholarship.

Philip Lloyd said the Hokies also like that Andrew Lloyd can punt. North Carolina State and Clemson also offered preferred walk-on slots for Lloyd to kick off and East Carolina - which has an available scholarship designated for a kicker - has shown interest. Memphis, Bowling Green and Louisville were among the schools to call about Lloyd in the past week.

However, when it comes to kickers, most colleges prefer to bring them in as walk-ons and have them earn a scholarship, usually designating one for a kicker, one for a punter and one for a long snapper. The problem is when teams scholarship a kicker who is not up to snuff and then that player has a scholarship for the next four years and coaches are hesitant to allot more scholarships to kickers given the limit of 85 scholarships.

By Josh Barr  | January 27, 2009; 2:13 PM ET
Categories:  Football  | Tags:  Andrew Lloyd  
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