Exactly one week after the university announced a multi-year contract extension with Nike, the Syracuse football program unveiled new uniforms during its “Orange Summer Kickoff” on Friday evening.
The Orange have ditched the elongated custom number font — meant to evoke the New York City skyline — and 44-degree slashed throughout the numbers and sleeve caps worn since 2014 in favor of a much more traditional look with block numbers and consistent striping.
The sleeve stripes harken back to those worn by legendary Syracuse running backs Jim Brown, Floyd Little and Larry Csonka during the 1950s and ‘60s. Syracuse also added an “Orange” wordmark across the chest of the jersey, which has updated from Nike’s Speed Machine template to the much cleaner Vapor Untouchable template.
Notable design elements throughout the jersey include a Block “S” on the collar, which features a raised texture meant to resemble the Carrier Dome’s architecture, and the phrase “For the Glory” inside the collar as a nod to the university’s fight song.
The Orange have returned to glossy helmets after a five-year stint with anodized orange, blue and white finishes. The new orange and white helmets feature a Block “S” on both sides and a Braisher stripe down the middle, which has also been re-added to the pants.
The Orange will have three colors of jerseys and pants for the upcoming season — orange, blue and white — which gives the program 18 possible combinations. And unlike previous years, Syracuse will not wear blue helmets moving forward.
Check out more photos of the uniforms below: