Thursday morning the Tennessee Volunteers football program unveiled their new alternative look for this years’ season, and gray is the primary color in this uniform.
The university’s official apparel partner, Adidas, made the uniform’s base color a “smokey gray” (you can say to represent the Smokey Mountains, or in respect to the mascot Smokey); the color is on the university’s official color pallet and the numbers and lettering is orange with white outlines. The word “Vols” also appears above the number on the front of the jersey. The helmets are unchanged with a white background and the orange “Power T” logo. The Vols are adding a small state of Tennessee logo above the players’ names on the back of both home and away jerseys.
The Vols are expected to wear the gray alternates in one of four SEC home games this season. Tennessee hosts Georgia and South Carolina in October and Auburn and Vanderbilt in November.
“I would tell you this: in today’s world of recruiting and the age that we live in, that’s something that’s kind of been important to our programs,” head coach Butch Jones said at his preseason news conference. “I respect the great tradition we have here, and I think I’ve proven that. Everything is about our tradition, but we will continue to look and evaluate that, and if that’s best for us, we will do that. There may be something coming, but everything that we do, and if we do it, we’ll respect our traditions here at Tennessee.”
Some of the Vols’ committed recruits already have posted about the jersey changes on Twitter. Dillon Bates, a four-star linebacker prospect, actually thanked Jones on his page. A handful of current players talked about the new look during Thursday’s media day at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee needs more than a new look with them ranked 18th in overall offense and an abysmal 108th in overall defense and being ranked 43rd in the Preseason polls, not to mention finishing the 2012 season at 5-7, but I always believe that if you look good then you will feel good and it will show…eventually.