Fuente says nerves will be normal

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Virginia Tech's Justin Fuente got his Hokie debut out of the way last year against Liberty on the way to a 10-4 season. But Sunday's game against West Virginia at FedEx Field will be much different.

A prime time matchup against a Power-five opponent on national TV will be a great measuring stick for the Hokies.

The opening kickoff of any season includes plenty of adrenaline for both players and coaches, and Tech Head Coach, Justin Fuente, says a few butterflies are only normal.

"You've got a little bit of everything going on," said Fuente. "We do do some live special teams work which helps temper your fears when you are covering the very first kick of the year or you're trying to return the first kick of the year. But there's no substitute for game experience. It takes a little while for guys to get into game shape. I don't know if it's the anxiety that goes with playing early in the year or what it is but when you kick it off to start the season on a fantastic stage against a great opponent you can't help but feel all of those emotions as the ball kicks off."