Friday, August 24, 2012
The List: College player jerseys at retail
By Darren Rovell
Matt Barkley, EJ Manuel and Montee Ball are among college stars whose jerseys will be sold at retail.
Each year, athletic departments talk to their apparel licensee and tell them what numbers to put on the back of college football jerseys that will hit stores in the fall. To avoid having to pay players, the names are not permitted to be sold on the jerseys. So I've gone through the lists and done the hard work for you. In some cases, a particular jersey number is a classic and just happened to be assigned to the guy we mentioned.
The most interesting school in the college football jersey world might be the Florida Gators, who make only Nos. 1, 15 and 96. No. 1 is the most common number, 15 is for Tebow (of course), and 96 is for the year they won the national championship. Aside from Tebow, the school says the policy on the numbers has been in place since the late 1990s but that it would consider additional numbers in honor of special achievements, such as national championships or Heisman winners.
Here's the list of players from prominent teams who correspond to the numbers on jerseys being made this year by Nike, adidas and Under Armour.
Alabama: 10 - AJ McCarron, 42 - Eddie Lacy, 45 - Jalston Fowler, 83 - Kevin Norwood