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Miami Hurricanes debut special uniforms against Virginia Tech

University of Miami's Malcom Lewis (9), and Artie Burns (1), in the alternate uniforms as the Hurricanes prepare to play Virginia Tech at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2013.
University of Miami's Malcom Lewis (9), and Artie Burns (1), in the alternate uniforms as the Hurricanes prepare to play Virginia Tech at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2013.

The Hurricanes unveiled a special uniform dubbed “The Smoke” for Saturday night’s homecoming game against Virginia Tech at Sun Life Stadium.

The players wore an anthracite gray jersey with a helmet designed with gray smoke accents rising from the back base that represent UM’s tradition of “running through the smoke” before every home game. The helmet was white matte with a gray smoke pattern around the back, highlighted by chrome U decals and a metal gray facemask.

The jersey is the same Nike Cordura design the Hurricanes currently wear, but it features the anthracite color and has “Deserve Victory” embroidered in the back neck yoke.

“We’re excited to unveil a new alternative uniform for the Miami Hurricanes,” athletic director Blake James said in a statement. “Along with the new basketball uniforms, it reaffirms our desire to be on the cutting edge with our great partners at Nike.”

UM is the first team to wear a custom helmet design created by Hydographics in Oregon. The uniform was crafted by the same Nike designer who worked on the 2013 Minnesota Vikings, TCU Horned Frogs and Red Rivalry Texas and Oklahoma uniforms.

The previous time UM wore complete new uniforms — the Nike Pro Combat — was Nov. 20, 2010, at Sun Life Stadium against the Virginia Tech Hokies. The uniforms: orange jerseys with green sleeves, orange pants with wide green stripes and green helmets with a prominent U on both sides. The Hokies won the game 31-17 and clinched the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference

Hall of Fame

Three football greats will be heading to the UM Sports Hall of Fame in 2014, UM announced recently.

Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (2000-02), former receiver Lamar Thomas (1988-92) and former running back Clinton Portis (1999-2001) headline the list of inductees who will be formally introduced at halftime of UM’s home finale against Virginia on Nov. 23.

Also to be inducted: James Jones (basketball, 1999-2003); Jeff Morrison (baseball, 1978-81); Wyllesheia Myrick (track, 1998-2002); Rio Ramirez (diving, 1997-99); and Javy Rodriguez (baseball, 1999-2002).

Iron Man

Senior defensive end Shayon Green was among a group tapped into the Iron Arrow Honor Society on Friday, UM announced.

The Iron Arrow Honor Society was founded when the school opened in 1926. It’s the highest honor that can be attained at UM. Based on Seminole Indian tradition, Iron Arrow recognizes those in the UM community who exemplify “love of alma mater, character, leadership, scholarship and humility,” according to the university.

Green is set to graduate in December. He has started 20 consecutive games at end. He was a 2012 co-winner of the Brian Piccolo Award, given annually since 1972 in memory of the late Brian Piccolo, to the “most courageous” football player in the ACC.

Coming into Saturday’s game, Green had 38 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and three sacks.

Also tapped as an Iron Arrow was UM director of alumni programs Rick Remmert, who recently headed the 30th anniversary celebration of the 1983 national championship team. Senior golfer Carino Cuculiza and team dentist Dr. Marco Leyte-Vidal also were inducted.

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