Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus Capt. Ryan Morris, U.S. Air Force, who earned a degree in hospitality and tourism management from the Pamplin College of Business and a minor in leadership studies from the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Rice Center for Leader Development, was selected as the Hokie Hero for the football game versus North Carolina State University.

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Hokie Hero program started in 2006 by IMG College, honors Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumni who are currently deployed. Recipients of this honor are highlighted by Jon Laaser and Mike Burnop during the radio broadcast of Virginia Tech football games, on the Corps of Cadets website and in the Corps Review magazine.

Morris has been an aircraft maintenance officer for five years, working with B-52, F-15, F-16, and the C-130 aircraft. He is deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel as the 455th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron Operations Officer. He oversees maintenance on both the F-16, which conducts close air support and strike missions throughout the country, and on the C-130, the primary military airlift aircraft in Afghanistan. 

Morris is from Lynchburg, Virginia, and he is a Class of 2009 graduate of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets.

He says he sends his love to his family, especially his sister Christa, currently a Virginia Tech senior, and regards to the entire Hokie Nation.