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 first-year cadets are selected and one or two upper-class cadets travel with the team and receive the flags at away games. 

Three first-year cadets were selected by their cadet chain of command to perform this duty for the Pittsburgh game. These cadets were highlighted for their outstanding performance during Red Phase of new cadet training.

The cadets selected for this honor are Cadet Maura Mayorga-Rau of Manassas, Virginia, a freshman majoring in political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences from Hotel Company who is a member of the Citizen-Leader Track; Cadet John Holland of McLean, Virginia, a freshman majoring in business management and finance in the Pamplin College of Business from Golf Company who is also a member of the Citizen-Leader Track; and Cadet Eric Egeli of Harwood, Maryland, a freshman majoring in general engineering in the College of Engineering from Echo Company who is a member of Army ROTC. All three cadets are from Second Battalion and are recipients of the Emerging Leader Scholarship.

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.