The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and the Virginia Tech football team continue their proud partnership 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 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 travel with the team and receive the flags at away games. 

The Virginia Tech versus Marshall game is both Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Homecoming and Military Appreciation Day. Three outstanding freshman cadets were selected by their training cadre to perform this honor for this game. These cadets were highlighted for personally exceeding the standards while still motivating others and being strong overall members of their teams.

The cadets selected for this honor are Cadet Jonah West of Mathews, Va., a freshman majoring in chemistry in the College of Science who is a member of the Air Force ROTC program and who is a recipient of the Emerging Leader Scholarship; Cadet Michael Schoka of Fairfax, Va., a freshman majoring in business in the Pamplin College of Business who is also a member of the Air Force ROTC program and a recipient of an Emerging Leader Scholarship; and Cadet Alexander Neblett of Fairfax, Va., a freshman majoring in general engineering in the College of Engineering 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. The 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.