A big-time game deserves a big-time uniform.
Virginia Tech delivered on that claim aturday as they revealed their look for the upcoming Battle at Bristol game vs. Tennessee.
The Sept. 20 non-conference game between the border rivals will be played in the infield of Bristol International Speedway in is what expected to be the largest crowd in college football history.
The official reveal was made via a video posted on YouTube:
Other views of the uniforms were also posted on Twitter:
The famous Hokie Stone was the inspiration for the look. The Hokies Stone is a type of rock found in Western Virginia almost exclusively in a nearby quarry owned by the school. It has become an iconic symbol of the school as several building on campus were built from the stone. Players will tap a Hokie Stone that hangs over the tunnel as they enter Lane Stadium during the football season.
The uniform's primary color scheme of black and grey pays homage to the team's history as those were the official colors of Virginia Tech before the school adopted the classic burnt orange and Chicago maroon we recognize today. The color grey was also chosen because it is a prominent color of the Corps of Cadets, according to a statement on the school's athletics website.
And boy do they look sharp. What do you think? Be sure to let us know!
The Battle at Bristol against Tennessee will take place on Sept. 10 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
BY JEREMY FIALKOW (@JeremyFialkow)
For the seventh time since the start of the 2010 season, the Georgetown Hoyas are losing a player to transfer.
On Thursday, the school's athletic department announced rising junior Paul White — a small forward by trade — will be leaving "The Hilltop" to continue his basketball career at another school.
Hampered by a nagging hip injury during the Hoyas' 2015-16 season which saw them finish 15-18, White will try to make a name for himself in another uniform. Last year, he averaged 1.6 ppg, 1.6 apg and 1.6 apg in seven appearances before calling it a year with season-ending surgery.
White began his career in a promising manner, putting up 5.0 ppg and 2.8 rpg as a freshman in 2014-15. But a wealth of talent at the forward position and an lingering injury meant White spent more time on the bench than on the court. After averaging 18.4 mpg in his freshman campaign, he averaged just 9.6 mpg as a sophomore.
White has a smooth mid-range game and his long frame allows him to play in multiple spots on the floor, providing a matchup problem for opposing defense. But the Hoyas just have too many players at forward. With L.J. Peak, Isaac Copeland, Marcus Derrickson, Reggie Cameron and Louisville transfer Akoy Agau all competing for solid minutes, there just isn't enough time to go around for White.
The Chicago native was a four-star Class of 2014 forward from Whitney Young High School who received offers from Miami (Fla.), Arizona, UConn, DePaul and Minnesota in addition to Georgetown. He was ranked No. 34 in ESPN's Top 100 for the class of 2014.
The quarterback competition at Virginia Tech was thought to be down to senior Brenden Motley and Juco transfer Jerod Evans, but now it seems a third contender has emerged. On Tuesday, Justin Fuente spoke glowingly of freshman quarterback Josh Jackson after practice, seemingly declaring the quarterback race to now be between three players.
“[Jackson's] had a really good camp and a great summer," Fuente said. "Don’t overreact to what I’m saying. I still don’t know what way it’s going to go, but he’s had a really good camp."
A true freshman out of Ann Arbor, Mich., Jackson was recruited by former offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler. His emergence in the quarterback race is rather sudden.
Jackson enrolled at Virginia Tech early and took part in spring practice, but at the time he appeared to fall behind Motley and Evans. His work at practice this summer has impressed Fuente enough, however, to put him in the running for the starting job.
“I think he’s done the three things that we have set out for those guys to do," Fuente said. "I’m not saying that he is doing it on a more consistent basis than anybody else. I’m just saying he is doing things more consistently than he did in the spring. In turns of valuing the football, managing the ups and downs in practice and predicting outcomes – distributing the ball in the places it’s supposed to go."
Fuente has remained diplomatic in his comments on his quarterbacks, but his direct praise of Jackson who was not previously thought to be in the running is notable.
Virginia Tech has already lost one quarterback this summer as the highly touted Dwayne Lawson elected to transfer to Hutchinson Community College. Jackson is a freshman from Michigan who was recruited by a coach no longer on the staff. With three-star quarterbacks Hendon Hooker and DeJuan Ellis committed to the 2017 and 2018 classes respectively, perhaps there is a fear that Jackson could follow Lawson out of Blacksburg. Making Jackson feel as if he is competing for the starting job could be Fuente's way of trying to keep Jackson from leaving.
Could Jackson actually emerge as the team's starter this season? If Fuente believes he gives the team the best chance to win then yes, but considering what Jerod Evans was able to do in junior college and that he was recruited by Fuente while he was still at Memphis, it seems safe to assume he remains the front runner.
Still, Fuente has made clear that it's too soon to count out anyone, including the young Jackson.
"I’m encouraged by all three," Fuente said. "All three work hard. They are good people, and they want what is best for Virginia Tech.”
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