Schmitt Named Tech Kicker
Randall to be on espn.com chat Tuesday
October 7, 2002

BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer announced following Monday's practice that true freshman Nic Schmitt has been named the starting kicker for Thursday night's game at Boston College.

"When I broke the news that one of the three guys is going to be kicking this week, we got into serious competition," Beamer said. "Nic has been the most consistent overall this week. He missed a couple today, but even at that, the ball is getting down there even on those misses. He has a good, consistent ball flight. He is very steady.

"I like Nic. He really has a strong, strong leg and can potentially be a fantastic kicker. Right now, we are only planning for him to do field goals. He is right there as far as the kickoff. In some ways I wouldn't mind getting him involved with the kickoff to get him into the game a little bit."

Schmitt, from Salem, Va., has dressed for Tech's three home games, but hasn't traveled to either road game. He has not played yet this season. He replaces Carter Warley, who is out indefinitely with back problems.

"I found out about winning the job today during practice and I am excited about it really," Schmitt said. "I have wanted to kick for a while and I think I am ready for it now."

The move also means holder Robert Peaslee will have to switch over to the other side with Schmitt being a left-footed kicker. Senior Jon Mollerup will serve as the backup and will still handle the kickoff duties. Freshman Brandon Pace will not travel and will be redshirted.

"It's just a little different," Peaslee said. "I have been holding for right-footed kickers since I started playing football. Now it's totally backwards, but I will be up to the challenge and will be able to do it."

In other news, Virginia Tech quarterback Bryan Randall will take part in an online chat Tuesday on espn.com. The sophomore will begin answering fans questions at approximately 6:40 p.m. Fans can submit questions beforehand by going to The ESPN.com Timeout Chat Show. Randall will answer questions for 20 minutes.