Oregon has been at the forefront of uniform innovation since Nike co-founder Phil Knight first made a sizable donation to his alma mater in the late-1990s, so it’s no surprise to see the Ducks will be outfitted in the company’s newest (yet unnamed) template for the 2019 season.
We got our first look at Oregon’s new threads thanks to freshman wide receiver Mycah Pittman and freshman linebacker Ge’Mon Eaford, who took to Instagram on Wednesday afternoon to (presumably) show off their respective names and numbers on a college uniform.
Players at several different programs, including Ohio State and Oregon, have been testing this template in practice since last fall, but the Ducks will be the first to put it into game action.
The actual design of the uniforms isn’t all that different from what Oregon unveiled last summer. The font remains the same, albeit much smaller than before, but now have a faux-mesh pattern throughout. Other small changes include moving the Nike swoosh from the shoulder to the collar and putting the team logo in its place, removing the military-style team name patch and flipping the colors of the inverted nameplate on the back of the jersey.
The template, meanwhile, received a massive overhaul from Nike’s Vapor Untouchable template.
The Vapor Untouchable template — which the Ducks debuted in the 2015 Alamo Bowl — featured minimal seams and fewer panels than traditional uniform builds. It also restricted ventilation holes to the mesh insert on the collar and lower back. This newer template, on the other hand, has horizontal seams across the chest, vertical seams down both the front and back of the jerseys and a cowcatcher-shaped mesh collar design.
Photos via @mycahpittman and @g5ive._ on Instagram