Portland State unveils new uniforms at start of camp

Updated: August 7, 2007, 5:27 PM ET
Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland State Vikings' new uniforms are a reflection of the new coach, Jerry Glanville.

The Vikings unveiled their all-black look on Tuesday to kick off fall camp under Glanville, known for his mostly black wardrobe.

Like the uniforms, just about everything at Portland State is new. New coach, new staff, new attitude.

"Everything is a step up," said senior nose tackle Casey Tyler. "It's all coming together."

The Vikings went 7-4 last season under Tim Walsh, who resigned after 14 seasons to become offensive coordinator for Army.

Glanville, former coach of the NFL's Houston Oilers and Atlanta Falcons, was defensive coordinator at Hawaii for the past two seasons before Portland State lured him earlier this year.

Glanville developed the "Gritz Blitz" defense and was known as much for his personality as for his coaching. At times he playfully left game tickets for Elvis.

He hired back former PSU head coach Mouse Davis as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Together, the duo has put together a new playbook for the Vikings: Glanville has installed a 3-4 defense, while Davis has revived his run-and-shoot offense.

The team has adjusted quickly, Glanville said. "I think of everywhere I've been, it's the fastest they've ever picked up a new system," he said.

Portland State returns just nine starters from last year's team, which finished second in the Big Sky and was tapped to finish second again in the conference preseason poll.

Glanville said his Vikings will be aggressive.

"We'll pressure people all the time -- that's our style," he said.

One of the issues for the Vikings in camp is the team's starting quarterback. Senior Brian White, who transferred from Colorado last season, and sophomore Tygue Howland are competing for the job.

A key loss was running back Mu'Ammar Ali, who led the Vikings in rushing last season but decided not to return with a year of eligibility left.

On Tuesday, the focus was on the uniforms, designed by Nike. For home games, they're black, with gray trim. For the road, they've got white and black jerseys. The helmets are emblazoned with the team's new stylized "Viking Spear" logo.

Glanville said he and equipment coordinator Rick McReynolds designed new uniforms for the team, too, but the players overwhelmingly favored the Nike version.

"Our uniforms did not get one vote. Not one," he joked.

The Vikings started fall camp on Monday, with Glanville putting the team to work six days a week from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. The team will have a number of two-a-days, too, starting next week.

Portland State opens the season on Sept. 1 at McNeese State in Lake Charles, La.

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