For many years, the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets has partnered with the Virginia Tech football team to highlight the colors during the pre-game ceremony at every football game. 

Three football players are selected, because of their performance in the last game or during practice, to carry the American flag, the state flag, and the team’s spirit flag as they lead the team onto the field. They carry the flags the length of the field and deliver them to cadets that are waiting for them at the south end of the field. 

The cadets performing this honor are also selected based on their performance during their training. The cadets render honor to the flags and then securely carry them off the field. At home games three freshman cadets are selected and one or two upper-class cadets receive the flags at away games. 

Three freshman cadets were selected by their training cadre to perform this duty for the Appalachian State game. These cadets showed a strong sense of motivation and outstanding performance during New Cadet Training.

The cadets selected for this honor are Cadet Emily Jobe of Deering, N.H., a freshman majoring in chemical engineering in the College of Engineering who is a member of the Naval ROTC program and is a recipient of the Emerging Leader Scholarship; Cadet Austin Dickey of Virginia Beach, Va., a freshman majoring in business management in the Pamplin College of Business who is a member of the Marine option of the Naval ROTC program and is a recipient of the Emerging Leader Scholarship; and Cadet William Chung of Harrington Park, N.J., a freshman majoring in business in the Pamplin College of Business who is a member of the Army ROTC program.

Future cadets will continue to be selected for this honor based on their performance in the cadet regiment. This program is part of the proud partnership the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets has with the Virginia Tech Athletic Department and the Virginia Tech football team.