VT, UVA Players talk redemption, hard work at ACC Kickoff

UVa quarterback Kurt Benkert (left) and VT's Cam Phillips are all smiles at the ACC Kickoff in Charlotte. (Photo: Dave Walls/WSET)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WSET) - After a day and a half of interviews, Virginia Tech's Cam Phillips made the biggest statement of the day without saying a word.

He didn't need to. His velvet suit did all the talking.

The senior wide receiver made waves in the bronze-colored suit, completed with flip-up sunglasses, similar to those worn my Kadeem Hardison ("Dwayne Wayne") in "A Different World". But once the shock of the clothing went away, Phillips, like his teammates and rivals from UVA, was all business. Teammate Andrew Motuapuaka (r-Sr. LB) made it clear: They're tired of being overlooked, and want to make a statement by winning the ACC Title. "We definitely have a chip on our shoulder." says Motuapuaka. "Not being mentioned, and stuff like that, little things like just really fuels us."

Meanwhile in Charlottesville, QB Kurt Benkurt is back and healthy, after battling a shoulder injury last year, while still recovering from knee surgery in 2015. Says Benkert "I think playing through that difficulty really showed me who I was. I'm really looking forward to playing and starting the season healthy and getting through it that way. It was something difficult, but I got through it and I was really happy I was able to do that."

And while the Cavaliers growing pains may continue, seniors say it's dedication that keeps them fighting for the future. Sr. Quin Blanding says the choice, for him was an easy one. "To come back, I just believe in the system. I trust the system, I trust the process. And why not go one more year, and go out with a bang?"

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