The Hokies have outfitted their new matte maroon helmets with a ribbon decal to honor the 58 victims in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings from last week and the Virginia Tech shootings from 2007.
The green symbolizes Sandy Hook, the orange Virginia Tech. A number 58 — the combined number of victims in the incidents — is in the middle, with the word “Prevail” written at the center of the design.
A smaller decal will be placed on the back center of the helmet for the bowl game.
The Hokies arrived in Orlando yesterday and begin on-site practice against Rutgers today.