Virginia Tech has teamed up with Nike to wear the lightest jersey Nike has ever created. The cleats weigh only 10 ounces and Virginia Tech is wearing the new Nike Pro Combat uniforms as they travel to College Park to take on the two-win Terrapins.
Nike has done this with a number of other schools as well. The uniforms display the Virginia Tech slogan "UT Prosim," which mean "That I may serve", and the phrase "Beamerball" on the collar.
The jersey's aren't the worst I've ever seen, but they're not spectacular. The cleats are my personal favorite and many students have been talking about how cool the gloves look.
Virginia Tech is auctioning off the jerseys, which were donated by Nike, after the game to benefit Herma's Readers, which is a non-profit organization that promotes literacy for children in kindergarten through the third grade.
If you would like to place a bid, make sure you have a minimum of $500 on hand.
The jersey's were shown off for the first time on Monday outside of the Squires Student Center on campus, and Virginia Tech football alum Antonio Freeman and Bruce Smith were there for the introduction.
Of course, Frank Beamer was on hand, and Cody Grimm and Tyrod Taylor acted as the models for the event.
Nike also had a number of stands setup around campus selling shirts promoting the new uniforms. It's unknown if the Hokies will use uniforms made out of this particular material in the future, but if they play good on Saturday it would be an excuse to look into doing so.
Also, Maryland will be wearing all black, so it should make for a pretty cool effect at Byrd Stadium. However, if you're not attending the game you probably won't be able to see it as the game is not going to be televised. The game will be on ESPN360.com, so if you have one of those Internet service providers that carry ESPN360 you're set to watch the game.
And of course ESPN360 is available on all college campuses. Don't you remember the Billy Mays commercial?