Mitchell Ludwig, Chris Durkin Have Left The Virginia Tech Football Team

By: Tim Thomas | @TimThomasTLP | Jan 18, 2017
[caption id="attachment_5040" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Mitchell Ludwig and Chris Durkin are not returning for Virginia Tech. [Credit: Harley Taylor] Mitchell Ludwig and Chris Durkin are not returning for Virginia Tech. [Credit: Harley Taylor][/caption]With Virginia Tech's early enrollees being announced today, Virginia Tech's football roster on was updated which ed to some interesting discoveries on players missing from the roster that hadn't made any public announcements on their future. We can now confirm that both Mitchell Ludwig and Chris Durkin have left the Virginia Tech football team per a source confirming what Andy Bitter of the Roanoke Times and Mike Barber of the Richmond Times-Dispatch saw earlier today via the roster. Durkin does intend to transfer to continue his college football career while Ludwig's football career will end after being the Hokies' starting punter this past season. The news on Chris Durkin isn't necessarily a major surprise as the former quarterback turned tight end/wide receiver hybrid never really gained playing time for the Hokies. It will be interesting to see if Durkin stays outside of if his new team will try him again at quarterback. Mitchell Ludwig's departure is definitely much more surprising given how most expected him to be back as the starting punter after showing a lot of progress throughout the season. Ludwig averaged 38.8 yards per punt in his one season starting for the Hokies while also having 31 of his 68 punts go inside the 20. The departure of Ludwig opens the door for Virginia Tech's new punting signee Oscar Bradburn to earn the job while Jordan Stout also may be able to push him for that job this summer. The battle to replace Ludwig may not truly start till the summer though Bradburn definitely has a chance to lock up the starting punter job this spring. We wish Chris Durkin and Mitchell Ludwig the best in their future endeavors.

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