Posted by ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich
The secret is out.
Virginia Tech punter Brent Bowden is a rock star. Kind of.
Well, let’s put it this way -- Bowden is good enough at the guitar to entertain the thousands of fans who will be packed into Lane Stadium on Thursday night for Virginia Tech’s game against North Carolina with his own version of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.”
Bowden recorded his version of the song and taped a video of himself playing it last week. It will be spliced in with the usual entrance video.
As if Lane Stadium needed any more excitement on a Thursday night.
Bowden, like most kickers, is an interesting character by nature. He is the Hokies’ first starting punter not to kick with his left foot since the 1995 season. He’s also the brother of former Florida State punter Chris Hall and was the best man in Hall’s wedding this past summer.
Through seven games, Bowden is leading the league and tied for 11th in the country with an average of 44.1 yards on 34 punts with a long of 59 yards. He’s had 10 kicks downed inside the 20-yard line with eight kicks of 50 yards or more.
It’s his musical skills, though, that Bowden has wanted to showcase in Lane Stadium.
Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said he plans on previewing the video later this afternoon.
“I understand he plays a good guitar, and he’s got a good thing for the crowd there tomorrow night,” Beamer said. “That was different. I don’t usually get into what happens before the game or after the game, but I think he’s going to play for the entrance tomorrow night. … I’m eager [to see it].”
Odds are he's not the only one.