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"Important" for Hokies to finish 2017 strong, starting with Pitt on Saturday

"Important" for Hokies to finish 2017 strong, starting with Pitt on Saturday

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WSET) - There's just one more time to get things right at Lane Stadium.

The paint on the field, Hokievision tv and sound. And of course, one more time for the Hokie football players themselves to make their way down the Avery tunnel to a deafening roar from the crowd. That time is Saturday, as Virginia Tech (7-3) hosts Pitt (4-6) for Senior day.

With no ACC title to compete for, the Hokies can only play for pride, and perhaps, to improve their bowl positioning. That's a hard lesson the 2017 seniors say they hope they're passing on to the next class. Senior center Eric Gallo says the message is simple: "If you don't play your best game on Saturday in the ACC, you're not going to win. That's how competitive of a league it is. That's how talented each program is."

With a bowl game virtually guaranteed, some fans may wonder about the importance of the final two games, including the Commonwealth Cup match against Virginia on the 24th. Redshirt senior Deon Newsome scoffs when asked about his team's desire, saying "It means a lot. It means a lot to me for us to, you know, continue to work. That's the main thing we wanted to,really just end the season the right way."

As news broke late in the day of junior Terrell Edmunds being ruled out for the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury, Hokies associate head coach Bud Foster told reporters his players will continue to play hard for the fans, and teammates like Terrell. "They're dinged and banged and bruised." said Foster. "Strains here and there, that's just part of it. It's part of it, and we're ready to go."

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