Maryland Football: Breaking Down Terrapins' New Black Uniforms

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 2, 2012

via @DarrenRovell
via @DarrenRovell

In what has become a common occurrence, the Maryland Terrapins have unveiled a brand-new uniform to debut on Saturday against Georgia Tech.

The school is the flagship program of Under Armour, resulting in a seemingly endless supply of jerseys, helmets and accessories to keep the fans and players excited.

For the next game, the team will wear uniforms which prominently feature the state flag. Hopefully the uniform change will help fifth-string quarterback and former linebacker Shawn Petty on Saturday. 

Note: All photos courtesy of @DarrenRovell and Complex Art and Design.


Wow Factor: 7/10

The only thing that prevents a higher score in this category is that people have come to expect this from Maryland. 

In last season's opening game, the Terps wore the original "Pride Uniforms," and Twitter exploded. Even LeBron James felt the need to chime in with his opinion:


OH GOSH! Maryland uniforms #Ewwwwww!

— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 6, 2011


These new uniforms are exciting, but the public reaction will certainly be calmer.

Design: 9.5/10

The black against the gold and red make this uniform a thing of beauty. It presents a form of intimidation while still celebrating the state flag that the school has adopted as its own. 

From the helmet to the gloves to the cleats, everything that the players will wear has so much detail that it is hard to question a single aspect.

As far as concerns go, the two sides are once again complete opposites, with one half featuring the red and white while the other has only black and gold. This causes two players to look like they are on different teams when facing one another.

Other than that, however, these uniforms are the best that Under Armour has ever debuted. 


Overall Swag: 10/10

One thing you can say about Maryland is that it does not lack swag.

Under Armour has not been shy about trying to match Nike in terms of creativity and overall buzz. Every jersey that the company has created for the Terrapins has been more intricate than the last. 

This has become part of the identity. No one cares if you love or hate the long as you are talking about them.

At the end of the day, that goal has been achieved.