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 cadet selected for this honor is Cadet 1st Sgt. Conor Cosgrove of Purcellville, Va., a junior majoring in industrial and systems engineering in the College of Engineering and pursuing a minor in leadership studies from the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Rice Center for Leader Development. He is a member of the Army ROTC program. He will travel and lodge with the team, as well as participate in all team meetings and meals.

Cosgrove was selected as the top cadre member from First Battalion for New Cadet Week training. Cadre are the group of upper class cadets who train the new cadets starting a week before classes begin and through the first six weeks of school.

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.