The Nebraska Cornhuskers identity for years has been their uniforms, which for a few slight variances have been the same for decades. White helmet with a red "N" has been a staple since 1970. The helmets actually had "NU" on them the previous few years. The "U" was actually removed, believe it or not, just because they didn't have enough of them to put on every helmet. The jerseys have always been either red or white with alternating color for numbers.
I have been looking forward to seeing the alternate jerseys as I feel it will bring Nebraska just a little more recognition which is beneficial on a national stage and for recruiting. A lot of players love tradition, but it is also nice to see teams buck that tradition and give their players an opportunity to play in a different jersey on occasion. One jersey every year or two would keep things interesting, but I don't want to be one of those teams that lose their identity by wearing multiple alternate jerseys every year. The Cornhuskers will also be recognizable by their white helmet and red "N". Take the Oregon Ducks for example, they have become the innovator of all the alternate jerseys but they really have taken it too far in my opinion. In 2011 alone, they had 4 different color helmets, 5 different jerseys and 4 different pant colors. That is a little over the top, but it has brought them much needed recognition. It also helps that they are consistently a top 10 team now as well.
Now that the jerseys have been unveiled for the game against the Wisconsin Badgers, fans opinions seem to vary throughout. Here is the video showing the release of the uniforms. I don't believe they could have come up with a true alternate jersey that would please the majority of fans. Either they were going to be too conservative or stray too far from tradition. The black helmet with the red "N" looks great. The red jersey and red pants, at first glance, appears to be a little much. Maybe black pants would have looked better, but that is up for debate. The thing I probably like least about the design is the big red "N" on the front of the jersey where the number normally is. The number is still on the front, but much smaller than the back and up in the right hand corner. Overall, I am still very happy that the Cornhuskers are going to wear these for a game, but one game is enough. The jerseys have already garnered much attention across the college football world and that is exactly what the Huskers need at this point.
Kevin was born in Lincoln, NE and has been a Nebraska Cornhusker fan for life.
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