Georgia's Southern's uniform history is simple, but sacred: When the program began under former Georgia defensive coordinator Erk Russell in the early 1980s, the budget was so small that the team saved on expenses by using plain pants, jerseys and helmets. Ever since the Eagles have kept that look, until now.
The Statesboro Herald is reporting that the Eagles will don a special "Military Appreciation" uniform for their October 13 home game against Wofford. The uniforms (click here for pictures) will feature a dark blue "digital camouflage" jersey with gray numerals, and the normal blue helmets will feature a red stripe with yellow inlets to represent freedom and sacrifice. In addition, head coach Jeff Monken approved of the decision that all player nameplates will read "EAGLES," according to Georgia Southern's website:
"Military Appreciation Day at Georgia Southern is just one small way we can honor the men and women who serve our country and protect our freedom. Wearing these special uniforms on the field will show our support for our veterans, for our active duty military, and for those who have made the supreme sacrifice for our great nation."
The report indicated that the uniforms were a one-time-only affair, and that GSU would return to its simple navy blue uniforms after.