By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
The Boise State and Georgia football teams will wear 2011 Nike Pro Combat System of Dress uniforms for their season opener Sept. 3 at the Georgia Dome.
This marks the second straight year that Boise State will wear the special Nike uniforms in a high-profile season opener. The Broncos and Virginia Tech wore 2010 Pro Combat uniforms last year.
Boise State also wore special Pro Combat uniforms in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.
This year’s uniform designs haven’t been released. Images will be made available next month, according to a Nike spokeswoman.
Other schools participating this year include Army, LSU, Michigan State, Navy, Ohio State, Oregon and Stanford. Army and Navy will wear their uniforms for their annual showdown.
“We are thrilled that Boise State has once again been selected to wear the Nike Pro Combat System of Dress uniforms,” Boise State athletic director Gene Bleymaier said in the press release. “Our selection last year to wear the state-of-the-art uniforms against Virginia Tech created a lot of excitement for that game and we know this will do the same for our game against Georgia on Sept. 3 in Atlanta.”
Boise State sold last year’s Virginia Tech uniforms to fans, raising money for the football program. The school gave the bowl uniforms to the players as part of their bowl gift package.
Information from the press release follows:
The fully integrated uniform system, which the University of Oregon debuted during the (2011) BCS National Championship Game, incorporates the latest in performance innovation and design from the world’s most renowned athletic outfitter. The redesigned base layer facilitates the uniform’s overall innovation, delivering the ultimate in lightweight protection for maximum speed. Strategically placed seams, pads and cooling zones also help minimize distraction and optimize protective coverage.
“Nike takes pride in giving athletes an advantage by providing them with cutting edge innovation. The Nike Pro Combat System of Dress uniform delivers unparalleled on-field performance benefits while inspiring the team through each uniform’s unique design,” said Todd Van Horne, Nike’s Creative Director for Football. “It is a privilege to collaborate with the coaches and student-athletes to develop a look that’s truly distinctive to each university and their teams.”
While each school’s uniform delivers the same superior lightweight performance and protection, each will tell a different story through its design. Nike worked closely with each university to bring relevant elements of the school's rich heritage into a distinguished, modern uniform design. The uniforms capture each team’s unique character.
Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore and quarterback commitment Nick Patti are at the Elite 11 quarterback finals, where Moore is a counselor and Patti is a competitor.
Here is a story from ESPN.com on the pair.
Barton Simmons of 247sports.com ranked Eagle High’s Tanner Mangum third and Patti fourth during Tuesday’s Elite 11 action. It was day two of a five-day event, which concludes with the naming of an MVP. The website listed Mangum first and Patti sixth on the first day.
ESPN announced its college football announcers for this season Wednesday.
The Saturday night ESPN crew, which likely will call the Boise State-Georgia game, is Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and sideline reporter Holly Rowe.
Former Boise State and Colorado coach Dan Hawkins will serve as the analyst for ESPNU’s Saturday afternoon games. The play-by-play announcer is Pam Ward.
Hawkins won four WAC titles at Boise State, where he was the coach from 2001 to 2005, but was fired last year to end a rough tenure at Colorado.