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Beamer built his national reputation on special teams.
A season didn't go by where the Hokies weren't blocking field goals or punts. In recent years that trend has slowed, considerably.
Also, Beamer is concerned about both kicking positions.
Cody Journell, the first scholarship kicker in years at Virginia Tech, was kicked off the team in December for his role in a home invasion.
After agreeing to a plea deal, the Hokies reinstated Journell to the team. Will he return to the form that had him poised to be All-ACC in 2011? Or will his off-field struggles carry into the season? Placekicking is as much mental as it is physical.
Beamer is counting on Journell to make the most of his second chance.
Will sophomore punter Michael Branthover finally end the Hokies' punting woes? He was terribly inconsistent in 2011, as was fellow sophomore Scott Demler. Departed wide receiver Danny Coale was the Hokies' best punter in 2011.
Possessing an outstanding defense, the Hokies will be leaning heavily on Branthover in the game of field position.
If Beamer improves the entire special teams unit, the Hokies should be pretty good.
If he doesn't, the Hokies may not have enough on offense to overcome numerous special teams' mistakes that plagued the Hokies in 2011.