This is interesting: Rice offensive lineman Ian Gray normally wears No. 72, but they sometimes like to bring him as a tight end. In the NFL, he would simply report to the officials and they would announce, “No. 72 is eligible on this play.” But apparently college rules don’t allow for that (can someone fill me in on the specifics?), because Gray donned a side-zippered — or maybe size-Velcro’d? — cover-up jersey with an eligible number when he lined up as a tight end. I’ve seen this done for players wanting to avoid a duplicate-number situation on special teams, not for a tackle-eligible play. Anyway, as you can see above, Gray’s cover-up jersey came undone during one of his plays during yesterday’s Auto Parts Bowl.
As you can also see, Rice had a new helmet for that game. I’ll have more info on that, and on all of yesterday’s uni news, tomorrow.
(Special thanks to Don Schafer and Chris Perrenot for the screen shots.)
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Uni Watch Exclusive!: The U.S. Army All-American Bowl — that’s a high school all-star game — will take place this Saturday, and here’s an exclusive first look at the uniforms. Whatever else you can say about them, it’s refreshing to see game with a military tie-in using uniforms that don’t feature camouflage.
That’s it for today. Lots more tomorrow! Happy 2014 to one and all. — Paul