More change is coming to Arkansas' football team. And from the looks of things, they're good changes.
On Wednesday, the school unveiled new uniforms for the 2012 season featuring Nike Pro Combat System of Dress technology combined with, according to a release by the school, "a unique cutting-edge design inspiration that harkens back to the Razorbacks' rich tradition and history."
"We wanted to make sure our student-athletes had the latest in technology when it comes to uniforms," athletic director Jeff Long said. "Our cardinal and white is the basic look and we have introduced other combinations we think add something to the table with our fan base and branding. We are never going to go away from our staple of cardinal and white because that is what is important to us, but at the same time we've provided some exciting options as well. Overall, we've been conservative in what we've done with our uniform and feel we've made it cutting-edge with respect to the past and the tradition that are uniquely Arkansas. I think we have a clean, sharp uniform our fans are going to like and I know our student-athletes love. It's going to be great to run into Donald W. Reynolds Stadium and on to Broyles Field in them in the fall."
Arkansas is keeping it cardinal uniform and helmet, but is adding a white version of both. Honestly, I think the white helmet looks pretty cool. It has a very different look to it with the red outlined Razorback logo on it. Arkansas also introduced a new anthracite (gray) color as an alternate, which also looks pretty nice.
The shoulders are accented with jagged metallic "Razorback lines, which reflect the hairline along the mascot's back, thus creating a wider look across the pads." The "RAZORBACK" is on the front of the home jersey, which also features new number fonts and logo typeface designed to look like "the sharp edge of a razor," while "ARKANSAS" is on the away and alternate uniforms.
The numbers and helmets feature an aggressive faded finish and the "RING THE BELL" slogan is stitched into the inside neckline "as a reminder to the student-athletes to perform their best in order to achieve team goals."
From the release:
The uniform system design also emphasizes improved thermoregulation, including the Nike Pro Combat base layer, which is constructed with fabric selected for its ability to help keep the body cool and wick away sweat - making the uniform, and player, lighter and dryer. The jerseys are made of four-way stretch nylon that sheds moisture. Flywire technology in the collar eliminates two layers of fabric for improved breathability, providing a more stable anchor to keep the jersey in place.
"The student-athletes are truly excited about our new uniforms and fired up to wear them," Arkansas coach John L. Smith said. "Nike has tried to incorporate the old traditions while giving the uniform a modern look. Our student-athletes believe if you look good you play good and hopefully that's the case. Nike has a reputation for being on the cutting edge as far as enhancing a player's performance and these uniforms are lighter, tighter and cooler and that will help us perform better. Recruits out there want to hear the name Nike and see the swoosh and they are looking at the combinations of uniforms a school is capable of having."
You can read more about the new uniforms, see quotes from players, look at pictures and see video on Arkansas' official page.