Virginia Tech football alums show support for Hokies new staff

‘They want to see things return to the way things were, they want to see championships back in that stadium.’

BLACKSBURG, Va. – It was a campaign of nearly two years in the making leading up to this year’s Virginia Tech spring game--with one of the biggest letterman turnouts in recent history.

“That’s one of the main things we talked about today, just how great it is to get back with each other and this new coaching staff,” said former offensive lineman Brandon Holland. He was in the Hokies uniform from 2006-2009. “Sam Stewart who is the head of the alumni association for player engagement has done a wonderful job over the last two years getting us together.”

Familiar faces like DeAngelo Hall, Aaron Rouse, J.C. Coleman, and Terrell Edmunds all swarmed the sidelines on Saturday-- reminded of their own memories as players.

“Just seeing the young guys from D- block, now I’m one of the OGs,” Edmunds said. “I remember when I was here I would look up to Cam Chancellor, Kendall Fuller, Kyle fuller, its a lot of guys that’s a legacy to come with it. Now, to be one of those guys and give all the knowledge I know, it’s a blessing in all forms.”

An alumni reunion was an initiative head coach Brent Pry wanted to make sure was executed when he got the job.

“To have those guys back supporting our team and supporting our staff, and diving back into this, they want a winning program here too,” Pry said. “They want to see things return to the way things were, they want to see championships back in that stadium. Those guys have done it, so I just told them, anything they need from us we will be there for them, and as often as they can get back, I want them here.”

For Kendall Fuller, it’s not just Lane stadium, or Blacksburg, or Worsham field. It’s something bigger.

“It felt good to be back home and see everybody, whole family out here, be with the teammates, be with the guys coming in. It’s been fun,” Fuller said.

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