UGA nightmares and dreams: Tricked up uniforms, ‘Mount’ Jenkins

Let's hope this is some some fan's Photoshop fevered nightmare!

Let's hope this is some some fan's Photoshop fevered nightmare!

Ever since Nike started trotting out its controversial Pro Combat uniforms for some of its higher profile college football customers, rumors of a UGA variation have been circulating, usually accompanied by Photoshop faked pictures, most of them pretty nightmarish.

The rumors have taken on new life since the deal for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome with Boise State in September was announced. After all, the Broncos already have worn Pro Combat uniforms, most recently in their bowl game, and a high-profile game like that naturally would attract Nike’s attention.

The most recent chatter about the Dogs going the Pro Combat route, in the blog From Hedges to Hardwood, notes that the rumor surfaced again on what appears to be the Facebook page of recent Georgia signee John Jenkins. As the rumor goes, the deal to play in the Chick-fil-A game supposedly includes a stipulation of wearing Pro Combats.

I understand that the kids playing today like these sort of tricked up uniforms. After all, the players favored those awful black helmets that Mark Richt used to try to motivate his team in Jacksonville a couple of years ago.

But to date, I have not been a fan of most of the Pro Combat outfits I’ve seen. I particularly didn’t like the alligator skin motif design the Florida Gators were given last season, though their recent bowl uniforms were an improvement.

The red uniform offered up by From Hedges to Hardwood isn’t that bad, but the other with the white helmet and black jersey featured on the Jenkins FB page is just plain tacky. Since both are probably fan-made fakes, though, there’s no telling what a Georgia Pro Combat uniform might actually look like.

This alleged Pro Combat uniform floating about the Internet would be tolerable.

This alleged Pro Combat uniform floating about the Internet would be tolerable.

Most UGA fans I’ve heard from don’t like the idea of messing with the uniforms at all. What do you think of going Pro Combat for the Boise game?

Meanwhile, the hype in advance of the arrival in Athens of the aforementioned Mr. Jenkins continues to grow. Dawgs247 quotes his college coach, Steve Campbell of Gulf Coast Community College, comparing Jenkins favorably with a previous player he sent to the SEC, Alabama’s Terrence “Mount” Cody.

John Jenkins (Gulf Coast Community College)

John Jenkins (Gulf Coast Community College)

“I’d say John is a real similar football player,” Campbell said. “I think he’ll be the same kind of impact player at Georgia that T.C. was at Alabama. … Guys like that, you know it immediately. The first time we saw T.C., we knew it. It’s the same thing with big John.”

That’s a lot to live up to, but Jenkins certainly will get a chance to make a big splash early against Boise — whether clad in a Nike Pro Combat or just the traditional red and silver.

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176 comments Add your comment

Mike

March 31st, 2011
10:59 am

who cares what they wear Bill as long as they win.

258DAWG

March 31st, 2011
11:02 am

darn , just late

No King

March 31st, 2011
11:04 am

I think the tail is wagging the dog on these uniforms. Nike being the tail. They’re interested in Nike and care nothing about the tradition of the school. Don’t mess with our red helmets and the “G”!

UGA Insider

March 31st, 2011
11:04 am

In a new report Texas A&M is now saying they could have had LSU cb Patrick Peterson but could not afford the $80,000 LSU pd.

Now do you guys believe that this is going to be the “summer of scandal” in the SEC??? Mike Slive needs to resign immediately!

Rooster

March 31st, 2011
11:05 am

You can say that again, who cares what they wear as long as they win. And Richt and Bobo lay off the field goals.

258DAWG

March 31st, 2011
11:06 am

I actually like the look, Although I’d like to see what ALL BLACK looks like as well. (Helmet pants and jersey)

Beast from the East

March 31st, 2011
11:07 am

Most of those Pro Combat unis are just plain ugly. But the kids appear to love them, so I guess they aren’t going away anytime soon.

dawg gone

March 31st, 2011
11:07 am

As long as they don’t have those bloody shoes the Ducks wore ! Hey anyone notice Tony Barnhart is not on the AJC anymore and idea what is up with that? And Mike your right !!

coachx

March 31st, 2011
11:07 am

Just win baby !

As long as the uniforms keep the red jerseys, red helmet, and silver britches then I’m fine with a little red and black camouflage on the sleeves……….that is all it normally amounts to.

RealDawg

March 31st, 2011
11:12 am

It only matters if we lose…truth.

CrackDaddy

March 31st, 2011
11:13 am

You can change the monkey’s suit, but you can’t change the monkey.

dawg gone

March 31st, 2011
11:16 am

CrackDaddy really that’s some of the weakest Trolling I’ve seen in a while…tee it up and try again…really Bull Dog Nation is giving you a “do over” just not so lame this time please!

icallbs

March 31st, 2011
11:17 am

Will one of you TECHIES please help UGA get their website fixed? Geez…..

It Ain't Rocket Science

March 31st, 2011
11:19 am

Leave the darn uniforms alone for petes sake. UGA has a fine set right now. UGA is not desperate for money or exposure so bowing down to some Japanese company and wearing uniforms designed by Lady Gaga, is not necessary. The uniforms Oregon wore last year looked like they were designed by a visually impaired clothes designer. Next thing you know, Victorias Secret will be responsible for cheer leading uniforms. Ummmm, wait. I might have to give that one some consideration.

Jackets2011

March 31st, 2011
11:20 am

@Crackdaddy
I hope you are not a Tech fan.
Monkey is not a good word to use.
You may not be joking about the crack if you think it is.

OCDawg

March 31st, 2011
11:20 am

Someone please tell me why we haven’t been able to comment on the HBO show from last night? This is crazy. Aubum is practically in the state of GA

Daley

March 31st, 2011
11:21 am

New uniforms or not, the dawgtard thugs will still be thugs.

Ol' Dawg

March 31st, 2011
11:22 am

I would hope any helmet change might revert to the silver the Dawgs used to wear prior to Dooley. For those of you that aren’t that old, it was silver helmets (plain), red jersey’s with silver numerals, and silver britches! Black shoes were the norm in those days.

If this game prompts a uni change, it would be nice to see those silver (maybe platinum with a pearl like effect). As for the jersey’s and pants, red and silver without much variation unless it is trim.

As one poster put it, let’s just win, and winning big will certainly get attention. GO DAWGS!

Webber

March 31st, 2011
11:23 am

“Will one of you TECHIES please help UGA get their website fixed?”

:-) :-) :-)

ugaonmymind

March 31st, 2011
11:24 am

Tradition, tradition, tradition! The SEC is all about tradition. Do NOT change the uniforms to the whims of the young, or to Nike’s pocketbook.

dawg gone

March 31st, 2011
11:24 am

Daley…what are you 12 ? Bring it son or just stay on the porch..

1eyedJack

March 31st, 2011
11:24 am

That black one looks like an Arena league uni.

Will

March 31st, 2011
11:25 am

The AJC will open comments to the Jeremy Longo story but not the AU fiasco????? Why not?

dawg gone

March 31st, 2011
11:25 am

@ugaonmymind great post couldn’t agree more !

DawginLex

March 31st, 2011
11:25 am

I’d like to see the traditional red helmets with the red jersey and the white pants. Tell the team when they play well enough to get to wear the silver britches, they will come out of the boxes. Until then, earn the right on the field.

Concrete Pete

March 31st, 2011
11:25 am

Come Sept 3 at 8 PM, I don’t care if we’re wearing pink outfits from Victoria’s Secret. The dawgs are gonna pound Boise worse than Marcellus Wallace’s crew did Zed and the pawn shop boy after the… well you remember. I don’t care who’s playing RB, NG, WR, it won’t matter. UGA wins by 28 and that includes some junk Boise scores after Richt pulls the starters

Jackets2011

March 31st, 2011
11:29 am

I don’t have an opinion about Uga’s uniforms because it is none of my business.
I was not planning on offering an opinion until I saw one I objected to that might be from a Jacket fan.
Internet blogs offend strike me as a detention hall without the disciplanarian teacher present.
I think both fanbases should leave some debates alone but that’s not going to happen.
The teens of both get too big a kick from aggravating adults.

Go Dawgs

March 31st, 2011
11:30 am

Quit messing with the uni’s, just focus on the game. If we can’t get excited about opening night on national TV at the Georgia Dome against a program that finished in the top 10 last year, we’re in for another looooooooong season….

Dirty Dawg

March 31st, 2011
11:30 am

I’m as much of a traditionalist as anybody, but what the hell, and as was said above, when you win, it don’t matter what you wear. I mean, one of the all-time great Georgia games, Herschel’s debut in Knoxville, featured us wearing white jerseys with red pants – how many times have we done that since? – and that turned out OK.

Oh yeah, keep the ‘Silver Britches’ to the fullest extent possible, we were never quite the same after Vince changed ‘em to white and before he changed ‘em back.

Let’s just hope that no matter what combination we wear, we kick the crap out of Boise State, then on to the damn ‘banty-roosters’.

mcdawg

March 31st, 2011
11:31 am

Wow, that Hedges to Hardwood blog looks like it has some great material on there. Thanks for linking it, Bill.

Vance Duly

March 31st, 2011
11:33 am

I’d be more excited about some cutting-edge playcalling on both sides of the ball, and some creativity from the Redcoat Band (instead of being dull copycats). When’s the last time we had a cool new song that wasn’t swiped from another school, or a new non-idiotic cheer? (the last new cheer I remember is the inane “Goff-ense”, which lasted just a few games before being laughed off the field). I don’t think that running a draw up the middle on 2nd & 10 is very cutting-edge, nor is using play action on 3rd & 9, somehow thinking that it might fool the defense, is very cutting-edge. But, it’s all we can expect, unless Coach Richt lights a fire under Coach Bobo.

I could tolerate some funky uniforms for ONE game in exchange for some creative, insightful playcalling ALL season!! GO DAWGS!!!

bruce mac

March 31st, 2011
11:36 am

Daley, you are obviously very intellegent Tech Fan. God Bless you and your team.

Since Vince

March 31st, 2011
11:46 am

I want the real Silver Britches not the dull gray. To hell with NIKE!

delta_airdog

March 31st, 2011
11:46 am

How about getting Nike to provide “true” silver britches. We are not wearing true silver britches as in previous years—we have ole miss or ohio state gray pants–LSU and Tenn have the shiny yellow and orange pants — LSU get uniforms from Nike and Tenn’s are from Adidas

LakeDawg

March 31st, 2011
11:48 am

Traditional powers don’t change their uniform. You will never see Bama, Penn St., Michigan, et al change their unis. UGA should never change their unis. If they do it at the Dome, its just a further indication that college football and UGA, in particular, have sold out to the highest bidder.

PB

March 31st, 2011
11:50 am

Concrete Pete…………….

The lil Dawgies couldn’t even beat a crap 3 loss UCF team from C-USA….. How on earth do you think you can compete with Boise? LOL, that’s delusional!

Playing Boise is playing against one of the perennial best teams in the country and you actually think you have a chance? In all seriousness, UGA like VT’s only chance in this game is that Boise travels to the other side of the country in a hostile “home stadium.”

The best thing about football for you UGA fans is the preseason, come halftime, you’ll all be wishing you didn’t take the bait, and wished you’d never gave the go head for the game like all the other SEC teams.

But props for taking the risk, even if it is a lopsided victory.

BSU 42-17 easily.

BobinBuford

March 31st, 2011
11:58 am

Would love to see Pro Combats–once.

Exposure good for program, player excitement good for fans.

1eyedJack

March 31st, 2011
11:59 am

PB’s drinking PBR’s.

kydawg

March 31st, 2011
12:00 pm

I don’t care what they wear…just care what’s in their heart!!! Hard work, pride in your school, team first, and most of all…”WRAP UP AND DRIVE THEM TO THE GROUND WHEN YOU TACKLE, PLEASE!!!”

bobo is a clown

March 31st, 2011
12:04 pm

We need to start beating teams first before we start doing uniform tricks. How scoring TD’s in the redzone more often too. Start beating South Carolina like a red headed step child every once in a while.

SiddyBoy

March 31st, 2011
12:04 pm

Put bright Georgia red numbers on those dull white road jerseys;occasionally red britches on the road and leave the home uniforms alone !!!!!!!! In the early 70’s, the DAWGS had red numbers on white jerseys. They looked great.

Dennis

March 31st, 2011
12:10 pm

It been proven that you can’t win with just the uniform change. You have to have a dance with it. Get in step boys. A won ana two ana “soulja boy, o ma widdle soulja bouy.”

AltamahaDawg

March 31st, 2011
12:12 pm

Every football team in the nation has incorporated subtle chances to thier unis over the years, including the “powers”. Sports marketing is just not about subtle anymore, so obviously uni changes will be affected.
I have no problem with rolling out different looks on occation. I do have a problem with ugly uniforms though.

YardDawg

March 31st, 2011
12:14 pm

I like the possible new uniforms. And I think most who don’t and cling to ‘tradition’ are probably over the age of 40. I would assume they hated the Soul ja Boy dance until we rattled off 7 wins in a row and finished #2 in the country.

If it makes the kids happy and more excited to play and that translates into victories then I am all for it.

shane#1

March 31st, 2011
12:19 pm

Tail wagging the dawg? Not quite. Nike donates uniforms, helmets and clothing for the coaching staff. In case you haven’t kept up, outfiting a football team is expensive. They also provide 500,000 bucks a year which counts as part of CMR’s salary. Plus, each player gets a ditty bag with athletic gear and shoes donated by Nike. One newbie showed up a practice a few years ago wearing a tee shirt from another company. He was promptly sent back to the dorm to put on a Nike shirt.

AltamahaDawg

March 31st, 2011
12:21 pm

I know I walked my over-40 behind out of that AU blackout game LOVIN me some soulja boy dance!

DawginLex

March 31st, 2011
12:29 pm

PB,

Pass the bong baby. You must be smoking some good stuff.

UGA will beat Boise in a great football game 34-24……..

Then will turn around and lose to the smarmy one 17-14

Reginald

March 31st, 2011
12:31 pm

Haha Altamaha, good stuff. Agree w/ Yardawg-if the kids like it, who cares if we wear a different jersey every now and then. I’ve yet to understand the fans who gripe about ‘tradition’ and all this garbage like the uniforms actually affect how we play. Now if you didn’t like the black uniforms or the black helmets-fine, thats your right to not like the uniform. But if you didn’t like that we wore them because its not traditional or might have affected our play… shut up.

Michael

March 31st, 2011
12:31 pm

all of these concepts are fake.

go to sportslogos.net and then click forums. you will find there are threads in there where people just mock up sports uniform concepts all day long. I’ve done it a few times. A lot of people accidently find these on google and think they are real, mainly because the concepts are made on very professional looking templates that are supplied in the site.

no worries. I actually would like to see a pro combat uniform, but its unlikely.

Old Dawg

March 31st, 2011
12:32 pm

I don’t like changing the uniforms. It’s a branding issue as much as it’s a tradition. You want folks to know who you are week in, week out and year after year. What Nike does with Oregon is a joke; the Ducks look absolutely silly week after week!

Plus, it’s a waste of money and resources!

And to quote the sainted Erk Russell: A fancy-damn uniform never won anything!