LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Yesterday, the Texas Tech Athletics Department released pictures of the new football uniforms to be used this upcoming season. Today, players debuted the new-look jerseys in front of a live audience at Tuesday morning's practice.
Most fans won't notice the small changes to the look of the new jerseys when the Red Raiders run out of the tunnel Sept. 3rd, but players noticed a major change to the feel of the jerseys when they tried putting them on.
"It's a little harder trying to get on," Tech safety D.J. Johnson said with a grin. "It feels like when you were a little kid, and you couldn't get in your shirt. You start crying because you're stuck, feels like you can't get out. It feels like that trying to get it on."
The new jerseys fit tighter over a player's pads, as to not allow any extra jersey to hang loosely. This new elastic-like material, provided by Under Armour, aims to allow an athlete to avoid grabbing and pulling of the jersey by the opposing team.
"We're just trying to get used to how tight they are," said head coach Tommy Tuberville. "Everybody's going to these tight uniforms and players like it, but it's a lot different than what they're used to."
"The offensive line was complaining they couldn't get a good handful of jersey on the defensive lineman; that's exactly what it's for."
Most players responded with a resounding vote of confidence for the new threads, especially those players concerned about their game day look.
"I like them, they look nice," added a debonair Eric Ward. "If you look nice, you play nice."