Virginia Tech football: 10 Hokies who defined Bud Foster’s Lunch Pail players

The lunch pail represents the blue-collar mentality that Bud Foster instilled in the Hokies' defense from 1995-2015. These players defined that mentality and excelled in Blacksburg.

Virginia Tech Hokies defensive end Ken Ekanem (4) carries the lunch pail
Virginia Tech Hokies defensive end Ken Ekanem (4) carries the lunch pail / Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
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Corey Moore. 1. 447. . . Lunch pail. 1997-99. Corey Moore. player. DL

In 2023 Corey Moore became the fifth Virginia Tech player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and the first of the Frank Beamer era. A two-time All-American and two-time Big East Defensive Player of the Year, Moore claimed both the Lombardi Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy in the same season.

Moore led the lunch pail defense in his three seasons on the field, but in 1999 he led Virginia Tech to the national championship game and an 11-1 record. He was a force on defense and no player was more emblematic of the physical, hard-hitting style that Foster wanted.

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