By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
Nike unveiled Boise State's new Pro Combat uniforms for the season opener against Georgia on Thursday morning.
The uniforms are all white — even the helmets, which feature the new Bronco-head logo that Nike unveiled for the Virginia Tech game last year. Like last year, the logo is only on one side of the helmet.
Boise State is wearing new Pro Combat uniforms for the third time in the past two seasons. The Broncos also wore them last year in the opener against Virginia Tech and in the bowl game against Utah.
Coach Chris Petersen said Wednesday that the team wasn't particularly involved in the design process because these are similar to what Nike has produced in the past.
Petersen said he likes the uniforms.
"Nike's done a tremendous job for us," he said. "Once you get a couple different uniforms, it's hard to be totally radical and not look like something you've kind of seen before.
"I think the uniforms can be fun and if for nothing else for great debate."
Here's some player reaction:
Senior safety Cedric Febis: "They're good-looking. I like them a lot. We always get hooked up by Nike with some sweet stuff. I'm not surprised that they did it again. ... I heard some rumors last season about some white helmets but they never came out with it so we all just thought it was like some make-believe just to keep the fans wondering. Now that we actually got them, it's pretty sweet."
Senior cornerback Jerrell Gavins: "It amps us up a bit. Being a DB or receiver, you want to look pretty out there. Once you feel like you look good, it adds confidence to your game. Prior to (the game) it's all good but once you're out there you forget about what you've got on."
Here's Boise State's uniform plan for the rest of the year:
— For the two home non-conference games, the Broncos will wear all blue — similar to MAACO Bowl Las Vegas uniforms.
— For the four Mountain West home games, they likely will wear dark gray jerseys with blue pants. Opponents will still wear white.
— The Broncos have orange and white pants for road games and will wear the white Pro Combat jerseys.
— Gray pants exist, but likely won't be used this year. Orange jerseys exist — they're holdovers from last year — but might be unusable because of the WAC logos.
— The Broncos can use white and blue helmets with the new Nike Bronco-head logo and might also use their traditional helmet.
— The uniforms are styled similar to the Pro Combat uniforms the Broncos wore in Las Vegas.
There were reports that Boise State would wear blue and Georgia would wear red. That was the original intention of Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game organizers, who want to start a tradition of both teams wearing home colors. But then Nike stepped in with the Pro Combat uniforms. Game organizers have no problem with the Broncos wearing white.
Here's the release from Nike:
Years of having to prove themselves in the wild West has catapulted Boise State University into college football's upper echelon. To celebrate their rise, the Broncos are one of nine top college programs sporting the innovative Nike Pro Combat system of dress this upcoming season.
The new uniforms, which the Broncos will don during their much-anticipated faceoff against SEC powerhouse Georgia on Sept. 3 at the Georgia Dome, pulls from the school's blue collar work ethic and the Bronco's unpredictable and headstrong spirit. Nike design took cues from Bronco Stadium's iconic blue turf to create the awe-inspiring gear. Hues of blue and chrome showcase Boise State's dominance of the sky and mountain, while orange accents underscore the team's explosiveness. An asymmetrical placement of motifs around the uniform adds to the calculated unpredictability of the Broncos squad.
The Boise State Nike Pro Combat system of dress also delivers significant performance benefits. The robust yet light-weight padding combined with a customizable, compact carbon fiber plate in the base layer offers personal impact protection. Improved thermoregulation and Flywire technology in the collar promote breathability and keep the uniform in place, making the Broncos feel faster, lighter, dryer, cooler and more fearsome than ever.
Here is a video Nike released with the uniforms:
Here is what Georgia will look like for the Sept. 3 game:
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