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 freshman cadets are selected and one or two upper-class cadets travel with the team and receive the flags at away games. Members of the Corps of Cadets Color Guard are selected to receive the flags at bowl games in recognition of their dedicated efforts throughout the year.

The following cadets have been selected to represent the Corps of Cadets at the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Maryland, where Virginia Tech will play the University of Cincinnati on Saturday, Dec 27:

  • Cadet Stephanie Morales of Freeport, New York, a junior majoring in construction engineering and management in the College of Engineering who is a member of Naval ROTC;
  • Cadet Christopher Jimenez of Westfield, New Jersey, a junior majoring in sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences who is a member of Air Force ROTC and is a recipient of an Emerging Leader Scholarship; 
  • Cadet Kristen Calhoun of Salem, Virginia, a junior majoring in sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences who is a member of the Citizen-Leader Track
  • Cadet Christopher Blaney of Canfield, Ohio, a junior majoring in mathematics in the College of Science who is a member of Air Force ROTC and is a recipient of an Emerging Leader Scholarship; 
  • Cadet Lindsey Hobbs of Stafford, Virginia, a junior majoring in international studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences who is a member of Army ROTC and is a recipient of an Emerging Leader Scholarship; and 
  • Cadet Brady Marston of O’Fallon, Illinois, a junior majoring in aerospace engineering in the College of Engineering who is a member of Naval ROTC and is a recipient of an Emerging Leader Scholarship.

All six cadets are members of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Color Guard and Morales is serving as the color guard commander this year. In addition to receiving the flags during pre-game, the Color Guard will march in the Military Bowl Parade and then present the colors at the President's reception.

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.