Va. Tech's uniforms vs. Maryland
With the fanfare befitting a rivalry game pep rally, Virginia Tech and Nike on Monday unveiled uniforms the team will wear for Saturday's game at Maryland.
There were cheerleaders. More than 100 people gathered in front of a stage near Squires Student Center. There were T-shirts on sale for $24 each. Coach Frank Beamer and Hokie legends Bruce Smith and Antonio Freeman were in attendance, arriving in a motorcade of sport utility vehicles.
But after all the hubbub and hoopla, quarterback Tyrod Taylor and linebacker Cody Grimm strode onstage wearing the uniforms. Metallica's "Enter Sandman," the Hokies' game day entrance music, played as they stepped before the crowd.
"Different," Taylor said of the uniforms, "but I like them."
The theme for the unveiling -- trumpeted in bold capital letters on a banner on the stage -- was "Good guys wear white." The uniforms displayed Monday afternoon were white. The Hokies will wear those white uniforms against the Terrapins, who will be wearing black-and-tan uniforms, designed by Under Armour, to honor military veterans and to promote the Wounded Warrior Project.
It is not uncommon for Virginia Tech to wear different uniforms, including a variation of colors and throwback looks this season.
The uniforms shown Monday were from Nike's Pro Combat line, which will be officially introduced next season. Virginia Tech is one of 10 teams to debut the new uniforms this month. In a statement, Nike said the Pro Combat line is the lightest football uniform it has ever created and that even when wet, would be lighter than the current Virginia Tech design.
The Virginia Corps of Cadets is honored with the university motto, “Ut Prosim,” meaning “That I may serve” on the back of the pant, on the cuff of the Nike Vapor Trail 2.0 gloves and printed on the sock liner of the Nike Zoom Vapor Fly cleat.
The gradient fade pattern on the helmet, numbers and pants, the statement said, "represent the legendary speed of Hokies football." Inside the collar of each jersey is "Beamer Ball," a nod to the Hokies' style of play under Beamer.
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