The Arizona Wildcats football team unveiled their new uniforms Monday.
According to a press release:
Nike, Arizona’s long-standing apparel and footwear provider, partnered with the program to create a new look for the team. The updated jerseys feature ombre jersey numbers in the school’s traditional Cardinal, Navy and White. Nike has produced jerseys and pants in all three of those colors to suit various uniform combinations, complemented by Cardinal, Navy, White and Copper helmets.
The new uniforms can be seen during the 2013 Arizona Road Tour, which stops in Yuma on May 9, Sierra Vista on May 17 and Pinetop on May 23.
Last season, Arizona unveiled copper helmets for the first time (wearing them once, in a home loss to Oregon State in the fifth game of the season) and bringing back red helmets for the first time since 1980 (in the New Mexico Bowl win over Nevada).
The gradient numerals are new, as are the multi-colored sleeves, which no longer have a number on them. The stripe near the bottom of the pants is also gone. Take a look at all of 2012′s uniform combinations, as modeled by running back Ka’Deem Carey.
Coach Rich Rodriguez had promised “tweaks,” rather than a major overhaul, to Arizona’s uniforms. This seems to qualify in that regard. Arizona will be still recognizable as Arizona, just with a fresher look that should appeal to recruits. With a successful debut season, plus summer-ready new facilities and the new uniforms, Rodriguez has a lot to sell on the recruiting trail.
Here are some more of the new looks: