Orlando, FL - Virginia Tech is eager to take the field against Rutgers - in the Russell Athletic Bowl - on Friday.
The Hokies practice Wednesday afternoon was closed but Wednesday morning players spent time with children with life-threatening illnesses at Give Kids The World Village.
"You sometimes go through life and don't understand what else is going on out there so I think it gives everybody a greater appreciation for what they've got and what they can give to other people. I think it is going to be real special I think the kids are going to certainly get something out of it but I think our players are going to get more out of it," said Hokies Head Coach Frank Beamer.
Tech and Rutgers players got to have lots of fun with the kids playing miniature golf, dancing to the Cha Cha slide. How about some chicken throw with quarterback Logan Thomas catching the chickens.
Thomas' cousin and fellow Brookville Bee Zack McCray even trying his hand at the hula hoop.
"Really a heart warming feeling being with the kids and stuff knowing that there is a illness that they can come out during the holidays and just enjoying a time getting away and just being like regular kids for a little bit," said Hokies Sophomore Tight End Zack McCray.
"I'm having the most fun here I like the carousel. I was just telling the guy over there this is the most fun I've had all week," said Hokies Freshman Flanker Demitri Knowles.
Beamer says he's liked what he's seen this week.
"I think so far our attention to detail has been good and I think we've separated the time to work and time to enjoy," said Beamer.
This game is big for Beamer and the players, many of whom have yet to win a bowl game. Tech's last postseason win came in 2009 in the Chick-fil-A bowl against Tennessee.
"We've kind of gotten stuck with the stigma of not being able to win the big game. This is definitely a big game. Rutgers is a talented team," said Hokies Junior Cornerback Antone Exum.
"They make you make drives that lead to field goals so you just have to be right every time. First and second down are going to be critical for us," said Hokies Junior Quarterback Logan Thomas.
All though he redshirted this season Dan River's Trey Edmunds has had a chance to play a big role in practice.
"During scout periods I have been giving one hundred percent giving the defense a great look. And I basically been doing what I always do during practice going hard," said Trey Edmonds.