Head football coach Scott Frost has been making changes since he first took the helm in December. His latest undertaking? A football fashion innovation.
Continuing its partnership with Nike - one that was formed in 2010, UCF unveiled its new football uniforms Thursday, all 64 of them. Senior Graphic Designer for Nike, Josh Iverson, described the new look as "overall, very bold, very tough, high-contrast uniform that hopefully will look very tough on (the) field, but very fast,” in a press release.
“I want our guys to feel good about what they’re coming out of the tunnel wearing on Saturdays," Frost said in a release. "I think it’s important. It gives you some confidence. It makes you feel good, something you can be proud of when you’re sporting the school’s colors. As much as anything it’s important for recruiting. Guys want to go to schools these days that are places where they can wear nice uniforms and look good on the field. We’re going to try and provide that as much as we can for our guys.”
When designing the new threads, Nike pulled inspiration from UCF's space program roots - the school was built on a space grant - and the university's beloved mascots. On each sleeve will be the Pegasus, on the helmets a knight's sword and on every jersey neckline the phrase "Rise & Conquer."
“One of the things the school asked for was an interchangeable system that they could mix and match," Iverson said in a release. "Instead of having three or four uniforms, they have multiple, multiple combinations so you can create a unique look for almost every game. … Really it’s almost an unlimited possibility set of uniforms that they have now.”
Another major change, players' names will don the back of their jerseys for the first time since the 2004 football season. The changes, Frost said, come after multiple phone calls and question concerning the uniforms. Still, Frost doesn't see UCF sticking with one design for long.
“This is the first design, and I’m sure these uniforms we’re wearing this year will make it to next year. I don’t think they will make it much farther than that," he said in a release. "I want to keep moving the ball down the field with our uniforms and I think we will come up with some new things down the road. But with this first effort, I think we wanted something that was new and different but also played back to the tradition that UCF has had. So there’s some obvious changes and some good ones, but we haven’t really pushed the envelope yet.”
Since 1979, when UCF football began, the Knights have worn several uniform designs and two different helmets.
Evan Abramson is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future. You can follow him on Twitter at @Evan_Abramson and email him at EvanAbramson96@gmail.com.