Virginia Tech returns home after a big win at Miami to take on Rhode Island as the Hokies look for their second-straight win to improve to 4-2 on the season. Here's a rundown of some of small notes for Saturday's game at Lane Stadium.
Devon Hunter to Wear #25 Jersey
Virginia Tech announced Thursday that safety Devon Hunter will wear the #25 jersey against Rhode Island.
This is the first time that Hunter has worn the #25 jersey in his Virginia Tech career. Hunter has played in all five games this season recording 2 tackles in his appearances.
After redshirting last season, Hunter has returned to being the backup rover while receiving more playing time on defense than he has received in previous seasons. Hunter has also reminded fans in his limited appearances that he is the rover of the future for the Hokies and the heir to Reggie Floyd at his position next season.
Virginia Tech Reveals Jersey Combination
The Hokies revealed their uniform combination for Saturday's game going largely traditional except for the helmet.
The Hokies are pulling out their white helmets to go with the maroon jerseys and white pants. This will be the first time that Virginia Tech has worn this combination this season.
The Hokies also decided to give walk-on linebacker Daniel Griffith the honor of revealing the uniforms. This is the first time that Griffith has been chosen to reveal the Hokies' uniforms this season.
The white helmets may be the lone surprise with this feeling like the combination that should have been used for the Hokies' White Effect game against Furman. Whatever the case may be, the Hokies' white helmets have become one of their more common helmets over the past couple of years.
Aaron Rouse Expected to be Recognized Saturday
Virginia Tech has been giving out clues throughout the season on who will be recognized during the first and second quarters of home games/have the opportunity to lead a "Lets Go Hokies" chant.
This week's choice became very obvious after the second clue.
Former Virginia Tech DB and current Virginia Beach councilman Aaron Rouse is expected to be leading the "Lets Go Hokies" chant between the first and second quarters. This is the first time that Rouse has been chosen to lead this chant.
The former Virginia Tech defensive back was a First Team All-ACC player in 2005 and played in the NFL for three seasons from 2007-2009. Rouse has gained more attention recently though after he was elected to the Virginia Beach City Council in 2018 and was also heavily involved in the Something in the Water concert event in Virginia Beach hosted by Pharrell Williams.
While Rouse did a lot on the field, he has embraced looking to help the lives of people in his hometown of Virginia Beach whether within or outside of government.