Long snapper Colton Taylor awarded honorary Beamer No. 25 vs. Delaware

BLACKSBURG – Head coach Justin Fuente announced on Thursday that Virginia Tech senior long snapper Colton Taylor has earned the distinction of wearing Frank Beamer’s No. 25 for the Hokies’ home opener vs. Delaware Saturday at Lane Stadium.

Saturday’s game will mark the first time the Salem, Virginia native has received this prestigious honor. Taylor joined the Hokies as an invited walk-on in 2013 and appeared in 13 games for the Hokies in 2016. He will play in his 20th career game for Tech on Saturday at Lane Stadium. Tech is currently ranked No. 18 in both the AP Top 25 and the USA Today Amway Coaches Poll. Head coach Justin Fuente and the Hokies are coming off a thrilling 31-24 win over No. 22 West Virginia at FedExField on Sunday.

At the beginning of last season, head coach Justin Fuente announced that a special teams player of the week would be selected to wear the No. 25 as a tribute to Coach Beamer and his legacy of special teams excellence he spawned for the Hokies.

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