1. Georgia Tech may have new headgear to show off for its nationally-televised season opener on Monday. It’s possible new uniforms are coming, too.
Said Tech spokesman Wayne Hogan, “We’ve got a lot of things in the pipeline.”
Wednesday, multiple Yellow Jackets players posted a photo of a new helmet on their Twitter accounts that drew instant reaction, positive and negative. The photo and messages hinting that it would be worn in Monday’s game against Virginia Tech were taken down soon after they were posted.
Hogan acknowledged that the helmet – white with adjoining hexagonal cells outlined in gold, suggesting a yellow jacket nest – was legitimate, though he didn’t know if it would be worn against the Hokies. The helmet will have the interlocking “GT” logo applied when it is used for a game. Monday, Tech will wear its white road uniforms with blue trim.
The team and outfitter Russell Athletic have worked on new designs for a uniform, Hogan said, with many different combinations of helmets, jerseys and pants in the mix. He said nothing is “significantly different” from Tech’s uniforms of late, although it would be difficult to describe the white helmet as anything less than that.
“What we’re trying to do is give some options of several different things that we think the players will enjoy being a part of,” Hogan said.
To the delight of some fans and horror of others, alternate uniforms have become the rage in college football, notably Oregon and Maryland. A segment of Tech’s fan base has called for untraditional uniform designs to keep up with the trend, which some believe can help in recruiting. Reaction on Twitter to the white helmet ranged from “pretty cool” to “yuck!!!” to “they look like a golf ball.”
“I just feel like we need to come up with some Russell combat uniform or something,” said quarterback/A-back Synjyn Days, referring to Nike’s Pro Combat uniforms. “I feel like it should be something crazy, but I’m not sure if our alumni would [go for] that because it’s a tradition, white and gold.”
2. On the ACC coaches teleconference on Wednesday, coach Paul Johnson and Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer were queried on a popular topic in advance of any game in which Tech’s opponent has extra time to prepare – whether or not the added practice time helps the opposing defense get ready for the Jackets’ option-based spread offense.
“I think that’s helpful,” Beamer said. “You see this offense one time a year, and having a little extra time to work on that part of it, I do think that’s a benefit. The other thing is, no matter who you put out there, our scout team can’t run it like their team, that’s for sure.”
“I’ve never really bought into all that,” Johnson said. “I think you’ve got more time to get ready, we’ve got more time to get ready for them. It works out pretty much the same. I might be in the minority, but that part, I’ve never really thought much about it or worried about it that much.”
3. There were no injury updates following Wednesday’s practice, as coaches or players were not made available to media. Defensive players and coaches will be available Thursday, followed by Johnson’s news conference on Friday.
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