NEW YORK (WFXR) — The Virginia Tech Hokies are getting ready for their battle with Maryland in their first bowl game since 2019. This is a different-looking Virginia Tech team from a month ago, when the Hokies won the Commonwealth Clash over the University of Virginia (UVA).

Yankee Stadium will be quite the venue for Connor Blumrick to have his very first start at quarterback in his career. The Texas native transferred to Virginia Tech after spending three seasons with the Texas A&M Aggies.

After Braxton Burmeister and Knox Kadum entered the transfer portal, Blumrick is the next man up. He’s played in five games this season and thrown two touchdowns. By comparison, Burmeister threw 14 this fall and he says that that bit of experience has prepared him for this moment.

“Every rep you take, you get a little better. You take a little piece of information that will always kind of stick with you. Yeah just honestly getting in the film room, kinda focus and lock in on the game plan and kinda what I have to do has really helped me a lot,” said Blumrick.

“Nothing bothers that guy. He’s unflappable. His love for life and he’s such a free spirit and he’s totally embraced this thing. That guy is, I don’t worry about Connor,” said Virginia Tech Interim Head Coach J.C. Price.

Blumrick also emphasized the importance of the walkthrough on Tuesday, Dec. 28 to make sure everybody on the offense is on the same page. Especially since they’ll play football in a stadium configured to play baseball. After the walkthrough, the Hokies will take a bus tour of the city before virtually ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

Kickoff for the Pinstripe Bowl is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 29.