Va. Tech to don 'Hokie Stone' helmets

Updated: September 25, 2013, 1:40 AM ET
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After saluting the military with a special camouflage helmet, the Virginia Tech Hokies are ready to rock out for Thursday night's game against Georgia Tech.

The "Hokie Stone" design is just that – Virginia Tech players will look like they have helmets made of rocks. Hokie Stone is a name coined for a type of rock mined near the Blacksburg campus and used on the facades of many buildings at the school.

"It's not flashy, but it means a tremendous amount to this university," coach Frank Beamer said in a statement. "… The reason I like it, is because it represents what this program and this university are built on. Each piece, in its place, serving its purpose, doing its job, and when it's all working together, it's rock solid and it's something special."

"… Some may see it as stone on our helmets. We know it's so much more."

Virginia Tech (3-1) is coming off a 29-21 triple-overtime victory against Marshall in a game played in driving rain. The Hokies were wearing Tech-colored camouflage designs on their helmets and jerseys to salute the military.

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