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Grading Tennessee's Smokey Gray Uniforms Vols Will Wear vs. Georgia

Photo Credit: Adidas America
Photo Credit: Adidas America
Randy ChambersAnalyst ISeptember 30, 2013

The Tennessee-Georgia game this weekend that will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS is going to be a special SEC matchup. Not only because a Top 10 team is traveling to Neyland Stadium, but because the Volunteers will break out their fancy new uniforms!

The official Twitter account of University of Tennessee football made the announcement:

Look good, feel good, play good. At this point, Tennessee could use anything to play better, especially with Georgia coming to town. The Volunteers are 3-2 on the season and are coming off a tight 31-24 win over South Alabama. Hopefully these uniforms can provide magic powers and allow Tennessee to keep up with a national championship contender.

As for the apparel, Tennessee will wear the Smokey Gray TECHFIT alternate uniform designed by Adidas. They're pretty sharp looking, as you can see in the video below:

In case the video is moving too quickly for your eyeballs, the numbers on the jersey feature a checkerboard pattern that was inspired by the iconic Tennessee end zone in Neyland Stadium. The 'VOLS' across the chest does a nice job of reminding the opponent who they're playing and the state outline above the player name is pretty fresh.

The gloves are also pretty neat:

Head coach Butch Jones was excited when the uniform released back in August, per the Tennessee official website:

We are excited at our lineup of adidas uniforms for Team 117 this season, said head football coach Butch Jones. The Smokey Gray uniform is a great addition for our program, and we believe will help our current and future student-athletes add to the strong tradition we have here at Tennessee.

If you're one of the few who isn't on board with the changes, you can at least go to bed comfortably knowing that the helmet will remain intact.

Overall, Adidas did a great job with these uniforms by adding a fresh twist to an already classic look. It also successfully walked the thin line of tradition by not overdoing the new look and leaving the lid alone. These should go over well with most college football fans.

If they actually help play a role in the outcome of a game is another story. Georgia has won three of the last four meetings against Tennessee. However, bringing these bad boys out now could be the perfect opportunity for the Volunteers. Georgia is coming off a big victory last week, and Tennessee is sure to be pumped up with this new wardrobe.

Grade: A

 

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