Some throwback uniforms in college football, like Oregon's "Webfoots" design or Ohio State's 1916 homage, are loud and dramatic. But Penn State is opting for the subtle when it takes the field at Beaver Stadium for one game this season.
The Nittany Lions' uniform is unique in that it has remained largely unchanged since the 1960s. So aside from the numbers on the helmets, the tweaks for this design -- to be worn at home on Sept. 30 against Indiana as part of the Nittany Lions' Generations of Greatness game honoring past eras of Penn State football -- are mostly understated.
From the gray face mask to the block numbering to the white cleats (meant to pay homage to the team's iconic 1979 Sugar Bowl game against Alabama), there are a number of intricate nuances of note:
Learn more about the inspiration behind our Generations of Greatness uniform. ⬇⬇⬇ pic.twitter.com/BYsbYmfOtJ— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) June 15, 2017
The players were evidently pumped when the uniform set was unveiled Thursday:
"That's what we're built on here at Penn State: the past, the present and where we're going in the future." pic.twitter.com/xjp9WjsMcA— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) June 15, 2017
Given the tribute to that legendary Sugar Bowl game, it would only be fitting, perhaps, if this Sept. 30 game were won on a goal-line stand.
-- Brendan C. Hall