With spring practice only a few days away, college football fever has returned. Fans around the nation are excited about what freshman or sophomore is going to step up and replace last year's standouts.
This spring is especially exciting in Blacksburg, Va., where the Virginia Tech Hokies are beginning a new era of sorts. Hokie fans enter the spring optimistic about a new offensive coaching staff and senior quarterback Logan Thomas.
Since we've been previewing spring practice for the last several weeks, we're going to shift gears a bit this week and take a fun look at five things that prove you're a Hokie fan.
Questioning former offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring, even after a successful offensive performance, became commonplace for many Hokie fans during his 10-year run in charge of the offense.
Fortunately for the Virginia Tech faithful, Stinespring is no longer in charge of the offense. He is, however, still on the coaching staff as tight ends coach.
If the Hokies struggle on offense in 2013, many fans will still blame Stinespring.
You ask the majority of Virginia Tech fans what team they despise most and you'll hear the University of Virginia.
The Hokies have dominated the rivalry, winning the past nine meetings and 13 of the last 14. However, most Virginia Tech fans take more pleasure from UVa's failures on the gridiron than the Hokies' dominance of the ACC.
There has always been an intense, mutual dislike between the schools, but when the Hokies entered the ACC in 2004, it was taken a step further.
Virginia Tech has had many great players in the program's history. A great majority of those players have come to Blacksburg from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, aka "The 757."
Bruce Smith, the NFL's all-time sacks leader, is the first well-known Hokie from that region. Star quarterback Michael Vick, perhaps the most influential player in school history, hails from Newport News.
In just these two players alone you have arguably the best two players in school history. And the list doesn't end there.
Players like DeAngelo Hall, Kam Chancellor and Tyrod Taylor are just a few names of other former Hokie greats from that part of Virginia.
With so many talented players from that area, it's easy to see why many Hokie fans are quick to give a nod to "The 757."
Most college football fans also have a favorite NFL team. Often, though, fans seemingly forget their favorite college players once they are drafted into the NFL, unless they are a member of their favorite team.
The mark of a true Virginia Tech fan is one who still roots for former Hokies once they've transitioned to the NFL. For example, you watch the Super Bowl and pull for former Hokie quarterback Tyrod Taylor even though you know he isn't playing.
With the abundance of former Hokies now playing in the NFL, Virginia Tech fans should be proud and continue to support them.
The Hokies have one of the more exciting entrances in all of college football. Fans jump up and down in anticipation while Metallica's "Enter Sandman" blares across the stadium's speakers.
If Metallica isn't your favorite band, but you love "Enter Sandman," chances are good that you are a Hokie fan.