The Virginia football program conducted its final summer workout Friday morning. And it appears as if, in a new tradition, the Hoos commemorated the end of its conditioning program by breaking a rock (or paver, or tile, or...).
#UVa wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus braces to "Break the Rock," ending Cavaliers' summer conditioning program, a new tradition at Virginia. pic.twitter.com/3HjUJUUaWJ— Jerry Ratcliffe (@JerryRatcliffe) July 27, 2018
Among two sharply depicted... mountains, yes mountains, and the instructions, "BREAK THE ROCK", in case anyone forgot what the sledgehammer was for, is the maroon text "BEAT TECH".
(The pristine towel is so on #brand.)
"Beat Tech" is the mantra of UVA football this season. As rock breaker HB Olamide Zaccheaus put it at ACC Kickoff: "And as a team our goal is to beat Virginia Tech and not only go to a bowl game this year but win one, as well."
From breaking rocks, to breaking huddles, to going to the bathroom (seriously), it's all about "Beat Tech" this season for the Hoos.
#UVA WR Olamide Zaccheaus on 'Beat Tech' signage around team's facility: "When you're going into work, everything you do you have to beat Tech. Whether it's going to the bathroom – you have to beat Tech in the bathroom. It's making it a lifestyle."— Mike Barber (@RTD_MikeBarber) July 18, 2018
As a reminder for why this is important to UVA; it's been 14 seasons since the Hoos have beaten the Hokies, and Virginia Tech is closing in on 5,000 (4,990) straight days of Commonwealth Cup possession.
|November 27, 2004||Blacksburg, VA||#11 Virginia Tech||24–10|
|November 19, 2005||Charlottesville, VA||#7 Virginia Tech||52–14|
|November 25, 2006||Blacksburg, VA||#17 Virginia Tech||17–0|
|November 24, 2007||Charlottesville, VA||#8 Virginia Tech||33–21|
|November 29, 2008||Blacksburg, VA||Virginia Tech||17–14|
|November 28, 2009||Charlottesville, VA||#14 Virginia Tech||42–13|
|November 27, 2010||Blacksburg, VA||#14 Virginia Tech||37–7|
|November 26, 2011||Charlottesville, VA||#4 Virginia Tech||38–0|
|November 24, 2012||Blacksburg, VA||Virginia Tech||17–14|
|November 30, 2013||Charlottesville, VA||Virginia Tech||16–6|
|November 28, 2014||Blacksburg, VA||Virginia Tech||24–20|
|November 28, 2015||Charlottesville, VA||Virginia Tech||23–20|
|November 26, 2016||Blacksburg, VA||Virginia Tech||52–10|
|November 24, 2017||Charlottesville, VA||#24 Virginia Tech||10–0|