Rivalries are more fun the deeper they go. And when Michigan would rather ask Oregon State to use jerseys for the spring game rather than have their quarterbacks wear red, because that is the color of Ohio State, that's exactly what we're talking about.
Michigan quarterbacks are wearing no-contact jerseys in the spring. That was necessary after backup Russell Bellomy tore his ACL. The last thing the Wolverines need is for Devin Gardner to get hurt.
In most practices in football, red is the universal jersey color for no-contact. But those are Buckeyes colors. Michigan needed some no-contact color, so it sought out an orange jersey from Oregon State, as MLive.com and Inside Unis said.
Inside Unis was the first to report that the jersey for the spring game came from Oregon State. That blog noticed the similarity between the jersey posted on the Facebook page that is seen at the top of the post, which is also the one Gardner has been seen wearing in practice, to the Oregon State uniforms. And the OSU equipment manager told Inside Unis that it was from the Beavers:
@insideunis they needed orange jersey for QBs ASAP so we helped them out #gobeavs#EQUnit
— Arnold (@EQ_MAN1) April 10, 2013
MLive.com reported it is just a temporary fix until custom jerseys arrive from Adidas, and the equipment managers from Michigan and Oregon State know each other so it was quick and easy to get the jerseys from OSU. Curiously, Oregon State is a Nike school, although it's plain to see an Adidas patch has been added for Gardner's jersey.
So the jersey Gardner will wear for the spring game won't be from Michigan, but the solution was a lot better than it looking like it came from Columbus.