Despite the early-season struggles of punter Scott Demler, Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer had been adamant in his belief that the junior would eventually figure things out. But a week after his punter was booed off the field in a home loss to Clemson, Beamer opted to make a change.
True freshman Michael Branthover, a two-time All Met from DeMatha, saw his first action of the season during the second half of the Hokies’ 38-35 victory over Miami on Saturday. His first punt went a season-long 52 yards without a bounce, a development that drew a standing ovation from the sold-out Lane Stadium crowd.
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