The road to playing Power 5 college football for Virginia Tech K Will Ross didn't start till just a few years ago when he chose to pursue football instead of continuing on his promising soccer career that was poised to take him to Europe.
From there, Ross transferred to Coastal Carolina followed by South Carolina before landing at Virginia Tech where he worked his way into what was a surprising top spot as VT's kicker making his debut in a football game at any level against ODU.
That's somewhat crazy to say the least, but Ross not only stepped up in that game, but has been impressive since going 8-9 on field goals including 4 field goals from 40+ yards while also being 14-15 on extra points. Because of that, Ross earned this week's honor of wearing Frank Beamer's #25 jersey.
There's no doubt that Ross embodies the blue collar attitude of hard work that has epitomized Virginia Tech football over the years. He's had plenty to prove as someone who didn't start playing football till 17 and had never kicked in a game at any level till his debut this year for the Hokies.
However, he's proven that he's more than up to the special teams standard established by Beamer that has seen multiple NFL kickers developed over the years including Shayne Graham, Joey Slye, and Brian Johnson.
Ross' leg may be valuable for the Hokies against a tough N.C. State defense where getting points in any way will be critical for their hopes of pulling off the upset when they get their opportunities to do so.
So can Ross rise up to the occasion of wearing #25 and doing his part to give the Hokies the best chance at pulling off the upset? Don't be surprised if he does.