Updated: December 5, 2013
2013: Played in four games … Logged 17 plays on the year, kicking off 16 times with a 61.9 yard average … Made debut against Duke, kicking off twice and averaging 61.0 yards … Averaged 62.3 yards on six kickoffs at Boston College … Had one tackle and averaged 62.1 yards on 7 kickoffs at Miami … Had a 59-yard kickoff at Virginia, also recovering a successful on-side kick.
2012: Appeared in four games for a total of 20 plays on the kickoff unit … Averaged 59.7 yards on kickoffs with eight touchbacks … Had a 59.3-yard average on three kickoffs against Georgia Tech … Averaged 62.3 yards on seven kickoffs against Austin Peay … Had a 60.3-yard average and two touchbacks on four kickoffs at Pittsburgh … Kicked off six times for a 56.6-yard average at Boston College … Had two punts for an average of 39 yards during the first spring scrimmage … Punted five times for a 37.6-yard average in the spring game, placing two inside the 20-yard line … Also averaged 59 yards on two kickoffs.
2011: Played in six games ... Punted 25 times for 915 yards (36.6 yard average) ... One of seven true freshmen to play for the Hokies this season … Saw first collegiate action as the starting punter in the win over Miami ... Punted twice for 84 yards, including a long of 52 ... Punted seven times for 295 yards, including a long of 58 at Wake Forest ... Downed three punts inside the 20 ... Punted five times for a 31-yard average against BC ... Boomed a 75-yard punt at Duke, which tied for the second longest in Tech history ... Totaled six punts for a 37-yard average, including one downed inside the 20 ... Had two punts for 69 yards against Georgia Tech, including a punt downed at the Yellow Jacket six-yard line ... Punted three times for 90 yards against UNC … Averaged 38.9 yards on eight punts during spring scrimmages … Made one of three field goal tries.
High School: A standout kicker for Coach Bill McGregor at DeMatha High … A first-team all-state selection, as well as first-team All-Met by The Washington Post, his senior season … Connected on 7-of-8 field goals with a long of 49 yards and had 59 touchbacks that year … Selected to the Chesapeake Bowl, an all-star game played in Maryland … Also named first-team all-state and All-Met his junior season after hitting on 6-of-7 field goals with a long of 44 yards and recording 34-consecutive touchbacks … Contributed as a punter, as well.
Personal: Michael Joseph Branthover … Born 10/15/92 … Son of Brian and Jean Branthover … Majoring in finance & accounting and information systems with a concentration in accounting.