The Vanderbilt football team’s official Twitter account shared a few teaser photos on Wednesday afternoon of the Commodores’ new uniforms for the 2019 season.
Though there are a few similarities between the old and new sets, including the sublimated anchor print on the sleeve caps of both uniforms and the Star V at the base of the collar, there are several changes that improve upon Vanderbilt’s overall look.
First and foremost, the Commodores have updated from Nike’s Speed Machine template — which was introduced by the manufacturer in 2011 — to the much cleaner and newer Vapor Untouchable template. That means fewer seams and the removal of Nike’s Flywire technology on the front collar.
With that, the Star V receives a more prominent placement and is sewn into the base of collar rather than be contained within a shield. There is also an anchor chain design sewn into the inside of the back collar.
One major issue with Vanderbilt’s last set — which debuted as an alternate in 2014 and became the basis of the Commodores’ entire set one year later — was the wordmark across the chest and the players’ nameplates were practically illegible from any distance. That has been corrected on the new set with the addition of gray.
A gray “Commodores” wordmark also replaces the anthracite “Vanderbilt” wordmark across the chest of the black home uniform, while the latter remains in black on the white road set. The most noticeable change on the front of the new uniforms may be the number font, however.
The Commodores have ditched their custom font for what appears to be a block font. The gold numbers feature sublimated anchor print and a gray outline on the home jersey, but are black with a gold outline on the road set.
Two additional changes include swapping black sleeve caps for gray on the both jerseys and the use of contrast stitching throughout both uniforms. And though we’ve yet to receive a look at Vanderbilt’s helmets, it may be safe to assume the anchor chain stripe will remain since it also runs down the pant leg of the new uniforms.