The Ole Miss football program announced on Wednesday night it will wear new powder blue jerseys in the season opener against Florida on Sept. 26.
The jerseys will be paired with powder blue helmets, which the Rebels originally wore from 1948-77, again from 1983-94 and as an alternate since 2014.
Ole Miss most recently reintroduced the helmets into the rotation in honor of former defensive back Roy Lee “Chucky” Mullins, who was injured when he attempted a tackle during the 1989 game against Vanderbilt. He suffered four shattered vertebrae in his spine and was paralyzed from the waist down.
Mullins, who died a little more than one year later from complications resulting from a blood clot, is honored each year when the program hands out the Chucky Mullins Courage Award to a defensive player. That player also gets to wear Mullins’ No. 38, which was posthumously retired in 2006, joining quarterbacks Archie (No. 18) and Eli (No. 10) Manning as the only players in school history with such distinction.
A bust of Mullins is positioned in Ole Miss’ tunnel at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, and players touch it for luck as they run onto the field, as well.
It’s unclear if the Rebels will wear their traditional gray pants – which feature navy blue and red stripes running down the sides – or their plain white pants with the powder blue jersey. So stay tuned, as kickoff for Ole Miss’ season opener against Florida is set for 12 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Photos courtesy of @OleMissFB and @RebelNutt18 on Twitter.