Auburn To Wear Orange Facemasks For First Time Since 1983 Season Against Ole Miss

A source close to the Auburn football program told that the Tigers will wear orange facemasks during Saturday’s game against Ole Miss (7 p.m. ET on ESPN).

Auburn introduced orange facemasks in 1979 under the direction of then-head coach Doug Barfield, who wanted include as much orange on the Tigers’ uniforms as possible. They remained through the 1984 Sugar Bowl, after which they were replaced by navy facemasks.

In the years since, Auburn has only deviated from navy facemasks on three occasions, including the 2007 Homecoming win over Vanderbilt, the 2020 Outback Bowl loss to Minnesota and this season’s loss at Penn State.

The first two included a gray facemask in honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1957 national championship team and as a nod to late quarterback and 1971 Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan, while the most recent example came with the first white facemask in school history.

For those hoping to learn more about Auburn’s uniform and helmet history, make sure to give our friend Clint Richardson of the Auburn Uniform Database a follow.

After all, how else would you know the Tigers are 47-23 all time in orange facemasks?

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