Arkansas has rather unexpectedly unveiled the new Nike uniforms today—during Ryan Mallett's photo shoot for the upcoming July version of The Sporting News.
The pictures, provided in the Arkansas press release, show only the front of the jersey, so I took some still shots of the accompanying video which allows us to also see the back of the jersey, the design on the pant legs, and the shoes.
The most intriguing element of the new design is the word "Razorbacks" written sideways on the left pant leg.
The most disappointing aspect is probably the white stripes on the front of the jersey, something is just off with how those stripes are located.
Personally, I think that these uniforms may grow on me by the time Fall football arrives. Do you think that the new uniforms are at least an improvement on last year's?
Additionally, remember that Nike is notorious for its wide variety of alternate uniforms, especially Oregon's. Some of the alternates look nothing like the main version. So we may be in for some more surprises this fall—all black, all red, all white versions?
It will be interesting to see if the new Nike threads look even better as an alternate design.
All photos courtesy of the University of Arkansas.
This article was written by Darius Pourceau of Born Hog Wild. Follow Born Hog Wild on Twitter @ BornHogWild .
The black piping is a nice touch, but still not sure about the location/design of the white side stripes.
The more prominent Hog on the shoulders is a throwback to when Darren McFadden wore the uniform.
The back of the uniform looks great with clean lines and the white stripes fit in to the scheme better on the back of the jersey than on the front.
And there is actually room for the last name to fit on the jersey properly! The major Adidas design flaw from last year was that many players' last names would cover up the shoulder blade piping.
This is perhaps the coolest element of the new design. The sideways-word "Razorbacks" adds something completely different and unique to the overall look, without adding unnecessary clutter.
I have no complaints about the shoes at all, which look just straight up great. If there is one thing that Nike knows well it is shoe design.