By MARK LONG, AP Sports activities Author
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s alternate uniforms, the “swamp inexperienced” ones designed to actually appear to be alligators, are drawing evaluations starting from terrible to superior.
Coach Jim McElwain jokes that his “hate mail” tripled because the uniforms have been unveiled earlier this week.
The last word appraisal comes Saturday night time when the unranked Gators (three-2, three-1 Southeastern Convention) play Texas A&M (four-2, 2-1) at Florida Subject, a matchup beneath the lights that may give the brand new duds an opportunity to shine or get shunned.
If Florida loses, the uniforms certainly will probably be blamed, burned and banished to this system’s Corridor of Disgrace. If the Gators play properly of their nontraditional getup, then there definitely shall be pleas to mud them off down the street.
“They’re going to love them once we win in them,” linebacker Kylan Johnson stated.
The Gators and Nike launched photographs of the uniforms Monday, saying the undertaking designed to “present what it means to be a Gator” took 18 months to finish.
The camouflage-styled jerseys can be paired with “swamp-inexperienced” helmets, pants, socks, footwear and gloves. There might be little or no orange and blue, marking the primary time in class historical past that Florida strayed from its main colours. Helmets may have a Gators head emblem on one aspect and nothing on the opposite.
Gamers acquired their helmets and footwear Tuesday and practiced in them all through the week.
They gained’t see the jerseys till Saturday.
“The response recruiting and finally the demographic we’re taking a look at, man, the thrill has been unbelievable and the response has been nice,” McElwain stated. “I do know they’re wanting ahead to it. It’s a one-time deal. Nike did a great job telling the story. … It’s one thing that, clearly, individuals are speaking about. That’s a very good factor. Once more, it’s concerning the youngsters they usually’re jacked up. We’ll see how they play in it.”
Gamers had a way more unified response than followers, who questioned why Florida would need to comply with the lead of groups like Oregon and Maryland which are recognized extra for what they put on than what they win.
“Undoubtedly cool as a result of it’s totally different,” receiver Josh Hammond stated. “No one’s ever accomplished it earlier than, so this shall be a one-time factor that may go down within the historical past books for us as a result of we lastly received an opportunity to attempt one thing totally different in a Gator uniform. … All the blokes on the group assume it’s fairly cool making historical past by sporting…