The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and the Virginia Tech football team continue their 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 first-year cadets are selected and one or two upper-class cadets travel with the team and receive the flags at away games. 

Cadet Sgt. 1st Class Wesley Russell of Chattanooga, Tennessee, a junior majoring in international studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences was selected to receive the flags at the Ohio State game in Columbus, Ohio. Russell will travel and lodge with the team, as well as participate in all team meetings and meals.

He is a member of Army ROTC. Russell was selected as an outstanding cadre member during New Cadet Week training for the Class of 2018. More than 100 upper-class cadets serve as the cadre responsible for training the newest members of the Corps of Cadets.

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.