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December 18, 2012From the late-1930s, when Michigan first adopted the famous maize-and-blue winged helmets, to 2010, the iconic uniforms hardly changed at all.
Tuesday, the Wolverines announced they would be wearing the fifth alternative uniform since unveiling their special uniforms for the Under The Lights game vs. Notre Dame in 2011.
Michigan will wear a new uniform combination in the Outback Bowl vs. South Carolina Jan. 1.
The uniform is similarly themed to the one worn in the season-opening loss to Alabama. Instead of swathing the shoulders in bright maize, the jerseys' shoulders are navy blue.
The most unique feature of the new uniform is the matte-finished helmet. Matte helmets have gained favor across the country, though Michigan added a twist: instead of employing an entirely matte-finished helmet, just the blue is matte. The maize wings are still shiny.
"I like them. I think they're pretty unique, pretty special," fifth-year senior safety Jordan Kovacs said. "We like to wear our unique uniforms in big games, special games. This is a big game for our seniors. It will be fun. They look good."
"Coach Hoke, before the season started, brought us some and said, 'Okay, if we make a bowl game, we're thinking about wearing a new uniform.' He just wanted our input."
Kovacs also likes the helmets, although some fans have voiced their displeasure over tinkering with the most famous lid in college football.
"It's a little different. It has the matte technology," Kovacs said. "I don't even know what that means, but that's what they've been telling me. I like how they stuck with the tradition. They still have the winged helmet. It's got two block 'Ms,' on the shoulder, and I think it looks pretty cool."
"I think it's fun. It's something different. It doesn't really matter to me what we wear, but I think these uniforms look nice, and I think my teammates do as well."
Fifth-year senior offensive guard Patrick Omameh also endorsed the new look.
"I like the bowl uniforms," he said. "I am a fan of the matte look. I have been looking at them over the last couple days, and I really like them. It's a different look, more modern. It's something we don't usually do.
"Anything you can do to change it up a little bit and throw in some flair, it's always keep it interesting."
The alternative uniforms seem to be here to stay. How crazy will they get?
"With Coach Hoke, you don't have to worry too much about getting carried away with it," Kovacs said with a smile.