Nothing too revolutionary, but I’m parsing pixels to give you the latest on the gridiron.
— Ryan Grooms (@ryangrooms22) April 12, 2016
Per the tweet above from head equipment manager Ryan Grooms, the 2016 road jerseys arrived on campus today. Grainy pictures are great for wild speculation so here are my
UFO sartorial takes. If the tweet ends up getting deleted, I’ve posted a copy of the source image below:
Sleeve monograms are now monochrome
It appears Under Armour has dropped the gold outline on the sleeve monogram. This marks a shift from 2015 (and previous years), where the sleeve elements (be they numbers or monograms) directly mirrored the front/back numerals. I’ll have to see this in the wild, but I think this is good addition by subtraction.
UA logo is
off the right chest probably on the left where it has always been
EDIT: In 2015, the Under Armour logo was near the left collarbone. It’s either obscured or missing in this photo. Is it on the left chest? Is it gone altogether? Did the uniform manufacturer force Notre Dame into wearing UNDERARMOUR as team nameplates on the back? This seems like a curious move, although the lack of a maker’s mark offers a sweet throwback look (that, admittedly, probably will not happen).
No sewn-on numbers
The new numbers don’t appear to be fabric as they have been in recent years. Bookstore replica jerseys used screened numerals, but the issue apparel looks to be some sort single-piece heat-bonded material that will be 2.458% lighter (approximately).
New template, probably
Each year, manufacturers strive for lighter material that’s breathable and more durable. This appears to have fewer seams, and should have the effect of being more difficult to hold…which isn’t a problem for Stanford since their offensive linemen always play like proper genteel Shaw proteges.