Virginia Tech is a desirable school for endless reasons, but what solidified my choice of enrolling here was the unrivaled school spirit that emits from Blacksburg.
However, the lackluster nature of spectators at recent football games makes me wonder if I have accidently strayed up I-81 to Charlottesville.
We are not some tiny school trying to prove ourselves in a Division III arena. We are Virginia Tech and home to Lane Stadium: one of the loudest and most difficult stadiums to compete in. Or at least we used to be.
Over the past few seasons, the Tech student body has been acting like stubborn children, disappointed that our team has not been performing at the level of play we have come to expect.
I too yearn for the days when a BCS National Championship was within our grasp, but it is our duty as Hokies to keep the intensity of the fans alive even when the quality of play does not always reflect it.
Although the program may not be at the same level of competition it was when Michael Vick graced the field, the team continues to drastically improve.
Bud Foster’s defense is spectacular. They have not allowed a point in the fourth quarter this year, and the defense held Alabama to the second lowest offensive total since Nick Saban took over as head coach.
It is thrilling to witness the emergence of new standout players such as Brandon Facyson and Kendall Fuller. Against Georgia Tech, Facyson had an outstanding diving interception that landed at No. 7 on “SportCenter’s” top 10 plays. Watching these players is enough cause for excitement on its own.
As any current or former athlete can understand, the intensity that the spectators exhibit can drastically impact your performance. It is difficult to stay motivated if a large portion of fans are leaving before halftime or do not show up at all due to some rain.
When the players look up at the student sections, they should be greeted with enthusiasm and fervor, not empty bleachers and paper airplanes.
My faith in the Hokie community is not completely gone. I still see orange and maroon everywhere I turn, the quantity has just diminished.
We have three straight home games in ACC Coastal play coming up. It is up to the 66,233 fans to shake Lane and bring the intimidation factor back to the stadium while Beamer and his players deliver us victories on Worsham Field.