Georgia will sport new look in Nike Pro Combat uniforms for Chick-fil-A Game

This is the Nike Pro Combat uniform Florida wore against Georgia last season. Imagine it in red,black and silver. (Nike photo)

This is the Nike Pro Combat uniform Florida wore against Georgia last season. Imagine it in red,black and silver. (Nike photo)

Georgia will break out new unis when it takes on Boise State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in the Georgia Dome on Sept. 3. But this will be no motivational ploy. The Broncos also will be sporting Nike’s new-fangled line of Pro Combat football gear.

It’s a one-time-only promotion that the Bulldogs and Boise State and seven other teams are doing for Nike this year. They’ll wear them only in this one game, just as LSU will be wearing a similar version against Auburn later this season.

But you’re out of luck what the Bulldogs’ Pro-Combat get-ups will look like. UGA is guarding them like a state secret.

“I’ll just say they will be unveiled on Picture Day [on August 20],” Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity said Wednesday.

McGarity, who has seen the uniforms and “approved it months ago,” declined a request to describe the new look verbally.

But he did take the opportunity to calm the nerves of UGA purists who might be unsettled by anything other than traditional bright-red helmets with a black Georgia G.

“The Georgia G is preserved in its rightly spot,” McGarity assured. The Georgia G is still as prominent as it has always been and is as it always will be. We’re not messing with the ‘G,’ OK? It’s school colors and all that stuff.”

Georgia’s players got a sneak preview of the uniforms Wednesday night in Athens and apparently loved them. They were under strict orders not to take pictures, but plenty of players tweeted about it.

“Saw the new uniforms. They’re awesome! I Love em!,” tweeted @crob45, known in your roster as junior linebacker Christian Robinson.

“Nike couldn’t have done a better job designing our Pro Combat jerseys. They are legit! #swag,” said quarterback Parker Welch, aka jpwelch2.

Georgia’s has changed its uniforms to varying degrees of on-field success in recent years. “The Blackout” victory against Auburn in 2007 remains one of the Bulldogs’ all-time great performances. But they lost 41-30 trying to recapture the magic against Alabama in 2008 and were annihilated by Florida 41-17 while wearing black helmets and black pants in 2009.

UGA was actually offered the opportunity to don the Pro Combat gear last season but passed.

McGarity said he just felt like this game was the right time for Georgia to do it. Plus, he felt the school owed it to Nike, with whom it has had a long partnership.

“It’s all about our relationship with Nike,” McGarity said. “We’re one of [nine] teams in the country and we’re proud to be one of those teams. This is not a gimmick. It’s for one game and Boise State is doing it, too. This game is so special in so many ways, it just seemed like a good time to do it.”

It’s not hard to guess what the new uniforms might look like. Several schools wore them last season, including the Florida Gators in their game against Georgia in Jacksonville. And there’s plenty of projected versions floating around in cyberspace. Here’s A LINK TO A PIC one blogger claims is what the uniform will look like. And several other teams wore them last season, including Alabama, Miami and Virginia Tech. You can see what those looked like HERE.

For what it’s worth, I’ve heard the helmet described as gray or silver with a wide red stripe down the middle. But, like I said, I haven’t gotten and will not get any official confirmation.

I guess we’ll all find out in a month. In the meantime, what do y’all think about Georgia sporting a new look in a nationally-televised game of monumental importance?

196 comments Add your comment

Carrollton DAWG

July 21st, 2011
6:14 am

Yo! First. And by the way, the 41-30 loss was against Alabama, not Auburn.

barrow dog

July 21st, 2011
6:16 am

just win… don’t care if they wear overalls and brogans… just win

Bigdsel

July 21st, 2011
6:17 am

I can’t wait for the season opener

Dawg Days

July 21st, 2011
6:18 am

Dont like it – but who ask me?

Bigdsel

July 21st, 2011
6:18 am

Third!! I got to work on my game. Goo dawgs!!!!

Sopwith Camel

July 21st, 2011
6:34 am

They need to let tradition carry them into the Boise State game………..not another gimmick. This is the wrong time for that.

MO DAWG

July 21st, 2011
6:36 am

I’m with Barrow Dog, “JUST WIN”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GeorgiaDog

July 21st, 2011
6:39 am

Stupid idea, but it doesn’t matter what we think. And McGarity can deny it all he wants. But it IS a gimmick.And a really stupid one at that.

CentralFLDawg

July 21st, 2011
6:42 am

Boy, am I thrilled or what…

chilidawg

July 21st, 2011
6:43 am

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

dap01

July 21st, 2011
6:48 am

That is something that a team like the Oregon Ducks would do, or the Florida Gators would do. Booooooooo.

The University of Georgia should be above a marketing ploy by a clothing company.

Booooooooo.

"Bull" Dog

July 21st, 2011
6:50 am

1) They’re painting the helmets to look like GA Bulldogs; with the slobbering tongue going to one side, like the Pittsburgh Steeler’s Helmets.

2) The Jersey’s come with yellow stripes down the backs.

3) The pants have already peed themselves.

4) They come with two left shoes.

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"Bull" Dog's Top

July 21st, 2011
6:51 am

Funny he mebtioned pee, he really enjoys a little yellow discipline

JJ

July 21st, 2011
6:52 am

The sooner our genius fans realized that a jersey color / type doesn’t impact the outcome of the game the better.

You want ‘tradition’ to carry us into the game? What the hell does that mean? 9 times out of 10 the team with the better players and better coaching will win the game. Doesn’t matter what kind of jersey they wear.

I’d be much more concerned about the defense tackling the ball carrier or who is going to catch a pass or block for Murray’s blind side than what color clothes the players will wear if I was you. Pathetic.

dogdawg

July 21st, 2011
6:55 am

barrow dog you the man lol

Remarkable

July 21st, 2011
7:00 am

The uniform looks ok, but that helmet has to go.

Born bulldog fan

July 21st, 2011
7:04 am

People,please don’t start your “grumpy old men” comments! I like the idea of a new look UGA uniform for the season opener.. Its a real good marketing and recruiting tool.. I wish I could design our Georgia uniforms.. I would design them dedicated to Uga our mascot.. Call them “Uga whites” with the all white helmets with the classic (white) G on them outlined in with the bloody red color.. Our helmets,facemask, and pants would be white with the classic red, black and white stripes on our socks.. Our jersey would be white with white numbers outlined in bloody red..with the mean bulldog logo (not the classic G) centered in the middle of the collars. Just having some fun with it fellas.. Go Dawgs!

SuperB

July 21st, 2011
7:12 am

Nobody has the right to change Georgia’s uniforms– and sure as hell– not Nike. Look what those morons did for Oregon (the ugliest uniforms ever!)

One of the hallmarks of the great sports teams is they have kept the same, traditional uniforms. Georgia’s look great and there is no need to mess them up.

mowreck

July 21st, 2011
7:18 am

UGA always tries to come up with something when they play in an important. Coach Richt trying to get an edge in that first game, because he knows he needs one. I don’t think Boise St. cares what you wear, I think they kind of like playing down here

bubba4dawgs

July 21st, 2011
7:19 am

How’re they going to see the ball with a red stripe down their face? Sure hope they don’t get confused with too much thought on their uniforms like they did in the Alabama game! They almost forgot they were in a game until the second half. Just kiddin…….GO DAWGS!!

ozzfest

July 21st, 2011
7:22 am

ALL BLACK AND NO MERCY!

GO DOGS!

jaxzebra

July 21st, 2011
7:24 am

If the uni is the one that is floating around the web…..THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY ATROCIOUS!

KornDawg

July 21st, 2011
7:25 am

Don’t mess with the doggone helmet!

JJ

July 21st, 2011
7:31 am

Oh please. You want to know what a hallmark of a great team is……..WINNING. There’s a team in north florida that has changed their jerseys quite a bit over the last several years and yet no one argues that they are not a great team / program. Why? Because they won two NC in three years. That’s why.

There’s a team from tuscaloosa that is arguably one of the greatest programs of all time. They used the Nike uniforms just last year. Did that take away from their great tradition? No. Why? Because they WIN.

WINNING makes a team / program great. Not the consistency of their uniforms. It’s no wonder Georgia fans get the wrap of being DAs with arguments like these.

Strange Murphy

July 21st, 2011
7:32 am

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

Vampire Bill

July 21st, 2011
7:34 am

Let’s just win the damn game.

RedPantsDawg

July 21st, 2011
7:35 am

Another uniform gimmick to go along with a gimmick game.

12 CRIMINAL CHARGES, 6 wins, 7 LOSSES

July 21st, 2011
7:38 am

Grambling helmets?

The Ghost of Wally Butts

July 21st, 2011
7:39 am

Let me translate the following quote for you….when our AD says “It’s all about our relationship with NIKE”……he means…

“It’s all about the MONEY”

You would think that the Leeburn Athletic Association would not mess with the uniforms after the Black hat fiasco in Jax.

What’s next? Will our players be featured in gansta rap videos for the right price?

Jan's Kemp

July 21st, 2011
7:42 am

Back in the 1980s, Nike USED TO stand for QUALITY.

Of course, Georgia Football did back then as well.

Welcome to 2011.

Dogs Smell

July 21st, 2011
7:43 am

Everyone knows the record for the pups when they attempt a wardrobe change. At 6-7 they wont be asked to the prom !

Eddie Robinson

July 21st, 2011
7:45 am

The Grambling uniforms you borrowed in Jax a few years ago didn’t work out too well did they? Panic in the dog pound.

ga gator

July 21st, 2011
7:47 am

This is different from a gimmick, my Dawg friends should be honored that Nike thinks enough of the program to offer it; the offer did not go out to the rest of the 100+ D1 programs.

Troll Power Ratings

July 21st, 2011
7:47 am

Just don’t mess with the G spot.

Will

July 21st, 2011
7:49 am

I’m sorry, but what UGA wears in the CFA opener is not something you readers have a whole lot of interest. I understand you have to cover the story; God forbid the AJC sports desk get scooped by the ABH. But really, let your editor know that we don’t care about what the team will wear! We care about how our team is preparing for BS and things that will impact our play throughout the season. Don’t waste ink on this superfluous nonsense. Inform us that our team’s uniforms are safe and provide the best protection, after that move on! Have a great day!

Under Armour > Nike

July 21st, 2011
7:50 am

UGA needs a coach and discipline like they have in Tuscaloosa who doesn’t rely on gimmicks to “motivate” his players to honor the game and play it properly.

What we DON’T need is more garbage from NIKE with our players being their models.

Forget his minsitry. Richt sold his soul to “The Swoosh” years ago and has been laughing his way to the bank ever since.

GeorgiaDog

July 21st, 2011
7:52 am

Will, I’m not sure you have the right to speak for ALL Georgia fans. You are clearly entitled to your opinion about the uniform changes and I would never suggest you shouldn’t voice your opinion. But clearly a lot of folks DO care, as evidenced by the number of comments to this story. So clearly the AJC IS tapping into something that interests at least some fans.

Under Armour > Nike

July 21st, 2011
7:53 am

Boise State is focusing on THE GAME.

UGA is too busy looking in THE MIRROR and pretending to be good off the field while committing felonies and failing literacy tests.

The Broncos destroy an SEC opponent and put themselves on the map to stay with the game.

Good Luck in the ACC next year, Coach Mark!

Under Armour > Nike

July 21st, 2011
7:56 am

Forget his ministry. Richt sold his soul to “The Swoosh” years ago and has been laughing his way to the bank ever since.

There is a reason why even a garbage dump like Tuscaloosa “graduates” fewer felons & illiterates than does Athens.

GEORGIA97

July 21st, 2011
7:56 am

Towers = nitwit. The 41-30 loss in 2008 was to Alabama but he’ll probably just blame some intern. He also failed to mention that UGA wore black when they stomped a mudhole in Hawaii’s rear end in the Sugar Bowl.

gooddawg

July 21st, 2011
7:57 am

STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES. DON’T LIKE IT.

NOT A GIMMICK? THEN WHAT IS IT??

Paul N Destin

July 21st, 2011
7:58 am

You can’t make this stuff up. UGA …Kentucky in red and sliver. Lets try getting penalty after the 1st TD because your players bore all of us!

RNB

July 21st, 2011
7:58 am

I don’t care if they wear pink. What matters is wins. People need to get over what the uniforms look like.

GEORGIA97

July 21st, 2011
7:59 am

@Under Armour > Nike: you’re a nitwit too. Boise will be sporting the same uniform in one of their games. Cast stones in a glass house, do you? Stupid potato picker.

Maybe so...

July 21st, 2011
8:03 am

Does it really matter what type of uniform they are wearing when they lose by 30?

Black out!

July 21st, 2011
8:05 am

hopefully the dawgs go with a full blackout for this game, with black helmets—all the fans should wear black also. Richt needs to put out the directive soon to tell fans what to wear.

gtfanfrom1951

July 21st, 2011
8:06 am

Its all about the money! How much is each school getting to play in the unis?

K from Da Wood

July 21st, 2011
8:08 am

It’s the price you pay to be a NIKE team. You want NIKE money? You wear NIKE apparel. There is no gimmick…it’s a 3 hour NIKE commercial, same as it was with VT last year.

JDW

July 21st, 2011
8:08 am

Hope that is not the helmet in the pic…that one is awful!