Virginia Tech will be wearing a specially designed uniform for their Week 2 matchup with Tennessee at Bristol Motor Speedway. Nike has designed a uniform for the Hokies that harkens back to the roots of the university’s cadet history as well as the environmental surroundings of the program.
Virginia Tech will wear a gray uniform with a black helmet. That’s the simple, quick observation, noting an obvious lack of traditional Virginia Tech colors like orange. The Hokies have not strayed away from dabbling with alternate looks in recent seasons, especially for noteworthy games, and the Battle at Bristol will be no different.
According to the release from Virginia Tech, the Hokies’ uniform will feature a Hokie Stone pattern on the jersey, which will also be used to color the logo on the helmet. The Hokie Stone is, as Virginia Tech describes it, “most distinctive architectural feature, and that same gray is also a prominent color for the Corps of Cadets.” Taking a cue from a university’s background and architectural stylings is something Nike has been known to do in recent years with their alternate uniforms, and honestly, it seems to work alright for their mission here (I’m just not all in on the mission in the first place).
Those who have followed my uniform critiques over the years already know some of the negatives I am about to lash out real quick. This is a gimmicky uniform and I hate seeing a program like Virginia Tech continue to mess around with new ideas as often as they do. For a game as big as the Battle at Bristol, it would have been nice to see the Hokies wear a more traditional look, but perhaps this will pair well with Tennessee’s uniforms. At least we know which team is going to win the uniform battle at Bristol. It won’t be Virginia Tech.
Of course, recruits will love it, and that is always the point of uniforms like this. In fact, Virginia Tech actually let Class of 2017 safety Devon Hunter be the first to show off the new uniform for the masses…
— Devon Hunter (@devonhunter11) August 20, 2016
Savvy move by Virginia Tech, having a four-star recruit be the one to debut your new uniform. Hunter, the top recruit from the state of Virginia according to 247 Sports, is widely expected to commit to the Hokies. Now, Virginia Tech is capitalizing off the kid before he even officially signs his letter of intent. That’s some good strategizing for publicity by Virginia Tech.
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