July 15, 2008
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NASHVILLE – The Commodores will break out stylish new Nike football uniforms during the program's annual Fan Day activity, Dore Jam VI, scheduled Sunday, August 17, at the John Rich Practice Facility.
Commodore coaches, players and football staffers collaborated with Nike uniform experts on the 2008 design, which features black, gold and white options for both jerseys and pants.
A sneak preview of the uniform – gold jerseys on white pants – is available on the 2008 Vanderbilt Football Media Guide. The publication is expected to be available for $15 starting next week at the McGugin Center Athletic Ticket Office. Updated computer video games such as EA Sports NCAA Football 09 released today to consumers, also are expected to feature the design.
Selected Commodore student-athletes will model the nine uniform variations during Dore Jam, similar to Head Coach Bobby Johnson's first year at Vanderbilt in 2002.
After bringing numerous current players, coaches and key staffers into the design process, Johnson is delighted with the final look.
"The result of everybody's efforts and input is an extremely sharp looking uniform. I think Commodore fans are really going to like this fresh new look," Johnson said."
The 2008 uniform features numerous changes, some more pronounced than others. The two-color stripe, standard on Commodore pants from 2002-2006, has been removed, replaced with a Nike swoosh and the team's official two-color "Star V" logo patch stitched on either hip. The two-color stripe formerly on jersey sleeves also is eliminated, replaced with a one-inch solid black stripe. A thin white or black piping extends from the front collar to the lower back of each jersey style. Making the jersey unique to Vanderbilt is the inclusion of the color "Star V" logo into a "home plate" design in the front collar. The same logo also has been added to the back of each jersey above the number, making Vanderbilt one of only a few teams nationally to feature such a design.
This represents the eighth consecutive year that Vanderbilt football will wear Nike uniforms, according to head equipment manager Luke Wyatt.
"I'm a big fan of the solid black and gold uniform from 1990. That was my personal favorite until this one," Wyatt said. "As far as the entire look goes, including the helmet, jersey, pants and shoes, this will be the best I've seen. Coach Johnson and the players did a super job developing this look."
Several players involved in the process, including co-captains Bradley Vierling and George Smith, are excited about the fresh new uniform look.
"All the guys are super excited about getting to see them," Vierling said. "I know myself, George (Smith) and Reshard (Langford) were totally blown away when we saw them for the first time. It's subtle and not flashy, but it's sleek and fresh. The guys are going to love them."
Smith said the team's Leadership Council, along with seniors and selected underclassmen, met to go over various Nike options.
"In some ways, it's pretty much the same jersey design, just with a few little tweaks. But the little tweaks definitely made a big difference," Smith said.