It wasn’t surprising the Michigan quarterbacks wore orange jerseys during the spring game. What surprised me were the modifications the equipment guys made to them.
Stripped away were the black numbers in the Oregon State font. In its place, there were blue numbers in the block varsity font (pictured above). The black Adidas logo was also replaced with a blue one (not pictured, just believe me).
Paul Lukas has an odd working conspiracy about the uniforms, though.
Michigan didn’t use the repurposed Oregon State orange jerseys for its spring game after all. Instead, they got right proper orange Michigan jerseys.
I disagree with Paul. I think the equipment guys just stripped the numbers off the Oregon State uniforms and replaced them with larger block numbers. I can almost confirm this as a fact, because as you can see, the Oregon State shoulder stripe is still on them.
Another interesting thing about Michigan’s spring game attire was its helmets.
Some players wore matte helmets, and the others were wearing the traditional shiny helmets. If you remember correctly, U-M introduced the matte helmets for the Outback Bowl against South Carolina last January. I couldn’t confirm this Saturday, but a screen shot of BTN on Paul’s website does in fact confirm the mix-and-match helmets Michigan had.
Also, Paul brought up a good point. Michigan had number decals on the back of its helmets. This could mean absolutely nothing about U-M’s 2012 uniforms, but he seems to believe the decals mean no more TV numbers on the side of the helmets like 2011’s team wore.