HUNTINGTON, W.Va.—Word leaked out late Saturday afternoon that there would be a surprise announcement at Sunday’s Fan Day at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. The announcement was obvious when players exited the Shewey Building in brand new Nike uniforms.
“They’re pretty sweet. Everybody loves them, everybody got hyped about it so its all good,” said offensive tackle Sebastian Johannson.
The new uniforms had not even be revealed to the players prior to Sunday but there had been rumors floating around the locker room that something was up and it might involve a new look on gamedays.
“I think we all knew something was up just the way the coaches were acting. They were acting kind of sketchy,” joked tight end Eric Frohnapfel. “When we got in the meeting room some of the guys were missing so we were thinking we might get some new uniforms.”
When the new duds were finally unveiled to the players, the reaction was overwhelmingly positive.
“It was exciting. We thought we were going to some but we hadn’t gotten them yet so we were like we’re not getting them. It was like they said we had a day off we were so excited,” said Deandre Reaves.
The reaction to the uniforms on social media was mostly positive although there were detractors, especially from some who observed the numbers may be hard to see from far away. However, Marshall’s equipment staff impressed the people it was targeting, current players and just as importantly future players.
“We knew we were getting new uniforms but we didn’t know the concept or what they’d be. We were hoping for all black but everybody was excited about them,” said Ra’Shawde Myers.
Marshall’s equipment staff confirmed the changes are only for the green jerserys and The Herd will continue wearing the same white jersey from last season. Also there were not any changes made to the helmet.