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. 

The cadets performing this honor also are 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 chain of command to perform this duty for the Duke University game. These cadets were highlighted for their strong individual performance this semester, as well as the way they motivate and support their fellow cadets. All three nominations made comments on them exceeding expectations and being leaders amongst the first-year cadets.

The cadets selected for this honor are Cadet Matthew Krusiec of Portland, Maine, a freshman majoring in history in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences from Alpha Company in First Battalion and a member of the Citizen-Leader Track; Cadet Harrison Barone of Cornelius, North Carolina, a freshman majoring in general engineering in the College of Engineering from Foxtrot Company in Second Battalion and a member of Naval ROTC; and Cadet Abby Houghtling of Ham Lake, Minnesota, a freshman majoring in psychology in the College of Science from Band Company Section B, also known as the Highty-Tighties, in Third Battalion and a member of Air Force ROTC. All three cadets 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.