July 23, 2012 - 8:53pm
BY ZACH HELFAND
The Michigan football team has a new look. Again.
The Wolverines released plans on Monday for a commemorative jersey to be worn against Alabama in the Cowboys Classic. A release from the athletic department said this would be the only alternate uniform worn by Michigan in the regular season this year.
Last year, the Wolverines wore special jerseys against Notre Dame, Michigan State and in the Sugar Bowl against Virginia Tech. They also introduced numbered helmet stickers for Big Ten play.
“The players and staff like the commemorative jersey that adidas presented for the Alabama game,” Michigan coach Brady Hoke said. “The players really enjoyed the legacy and bowl uniforms that were worn last season.”
The commemorative uniform for the Cowboys Classic consists of a white jersey with maize pants. Blue piping outlines the maize-colored shoulders, and a blue block ‘M’ adorns each sleeve. Adidas, Michigan’s apparel provider, designed the jerseys as well as the gloves, which display the lyrics to “The Victors.”
Michigan will wear numbered helmet stickers, as it did in Big Ten play in 2011, against Alabama but will not wear the stickers for the remainder of the season. Instead Michigan’s helmets will display an American flag on the back for the entire year.
The Wolverines will also feature the Big Ten logo on their uniforms, as will the rest of the conference.
“From time to time, whether it’s a regular-season or bowl game, our coaches and players enjoy an opportunity to choose an alternate jersey to wear,” Athletics Director Dave Brandon said. “The coaches and seniors have worked with adidas to create something special for the season opener in Texas.”