The six redshirt seniors who remain play a vital role for the Hokies. Nigel Williams, Woody Baron and Ken Ekanem have all been the linchpins of the defensive line, while Augie Conte is a three-year starter, Brenden Motley filled in for an injured Michael Brewer last season at quarterback and Der'Woun Greene has filled in on returns and in the secondary. The seventh member of that class still remaining, Seth Dooley, grayshirted, redshirted and is a junior.
It means a bit more for the group who stayed, to have stayed through their eligibility. They joined a team coming off an ACC runner-up and Sugar Bowl appearance and have been a part of the recent struggles.
To get back to the national spotlight, as Virginia Tech has done this season, is a bit of a reward.
"Hopefully we can set that standard going forward, that it's not ok to go 6-6, seven and whatever," Motley said. "But to get those 10-win seasons and get back to the ACC championship every year. That's the way it should be."
Check out the video above for a few comments from coaches and players on the group of seniors to be honored.