Hokies keeping focus on game, not big stage of WVU opener

Virginia Tech players look to stay calm among fan hype of renewed rivalry

BLACKSBURG, Va. – We are just days away from Virginia Tech's prime time opener against West Virginia. The match-up has been dormant for years and while the fans are excited to renew the rivalry,  the Hokies are simply looking to go 1-0.

Since being named starting quarterback, the offense says Josh Jackson has displayed the tenacity to lead the Hokies to victory, not only on Sunday, but throughout the season. The fans on both sides are putting a lot of weight on this game, but the players are focused on being poised and confident from start to finish.

"I'll definitely be excited running out the tunnel and everything like that. Once that's done it's 11 on 11 we just have to play ball, so I'm going to focus in and do the best I can to not let the environment have any type of affect on me, positive or negative. I'm going to try to hone into football just focus on that," said Jackson.

"We just have to go out and focus on our job, not worry about the stage, not worry about the fans, not worry about where we are. Just focus on what's in front of us, and I think if we do that I think will be fine," said wide receiver Cam Phillips.

"As a defense, we just want to help this team the best we can and just do our job and really make it easy for the whole offense," added cornerback Greg Stroman.