Virginia Tech is trying another local solution to its punting problems.

Flint Hill senior Hunter Windmuller, who averaged 47 yards per punt this season, has accepted a preferred walk-on slot from the Hokies.

“I’m hoping” to be able to compete for playing time in 2012, Windmuller said. “That’s my hope, yeah. Got to compete. They’ve got punters there. You’ve got to kick the ball. I’m excited. It should be a good experience.”

Windmuller, who is 6 feet 4 and 180 pounds, also was recruited by Virginia, Penn, Cornell and William & Mary. But once the Hokies entered the picture, he said the decision was easy.

“My whole family went there,” he said, adding that an uncle, Denny Windmuller, played defensive back for the Hokies, earning varsity letters in 1977 and 1978.

Normally strong on special teams, Virginia Tech’s punting unit struggled this season, with three players getting a crack at the position, including wide receiver Danny Coale (Episcopal) and former DeMatha All-Met Michael Branthover.

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