The new Nike alternate uniforms the Gators will be wearing Saturday night are getting mixed reviews on social media. But among the coaches and players, it’s unanimous — they like the look.
UF coach Jim McElwain said the fans may not like the new uniforms, but he likes what the uniforms have done for his players this week.
“Based on just the amount of hate mail I get already, it really tripled when all of a sudden when we put out the new uniforms, and yet the excitement of our team, first of all,” McElwain said. “The response from recruits and ultimately the demographic we’re looking at, man, the excitement has been unbelievable and the response has been great. I know they’re looking forward to it. It’s a one-time deal.
“It’s something that people are talking about. That’s a good thing. Again, it’s about the kids and they’re jacked up. We’ll see how they play in them. We won’t feed them before so they’re nice and hungry as they come out in The Swamp and hopefully the other team isn’t zig-zagging to get away from the Gators.”
The players are all in with the new unis.
“Definitely cool because they’re different,” sophomore wide receiver Josh Hammond said. “Nobody’s ever done it before, so this will be a one-time thing that will go down in the history books for us because we finally got a chance to try something different in a Gator uniform. It’s definitely cool and I’m glad to be a part of it.
“I didn’t know we were getting an alternate jersey from the jump. When we saw them, a lot of guys were ecstatic to get it on and finally come out with something different.”
Said defensive tackle Khairi Clark: “Man, I was real excited because since I’ve been here we haven’t had any new uniforms. It feels real good to have new uniforms like that. It looks very, very nice for us to be able to play on Saturday. Favorite part of the uniform, man, is the structure of it. It’s different, they’ve got green and then looks like Gator tile. It’s different.”