The University of Maryland Terrapins have been in the news in college football this season for the wrong reason, their uniforms not their play. The Terps and Under Armour tried to pull what Nike does with the Oregon Ducks and have a new uniform combination each week, but unlike Nike, Under Armour failed miserably. Maryland's 2011 duds are among the worst uniforms in history.
In Week 7, the Terps uniforms were probably the best they've been all season, but in comparison to other teams around the country they are just horrible.
The Terps debuted their new uniforms against Miami in Week 1, and they got the worst ones out of the way early. Their helmets were meant to resemble the state flag but really looked like something out of Medieval Times. Their jerseys too were meant to pull aspects of the state flag by putting portions of it on each shoulder, but these uniforms were just awful. Although the Terps went on to defeat Miami, these uniforms have yet to be worn since Week 1.
For Week 3 against Temple, the Terrapins captains voted to go with the combination of these gold jerseys with black pants, black helmets, and red lettering. Clearly none of these players are in fashion and design school.
Normally the color combination of red, black, and yellow works, but for the Terps it doesn't. Something about it just isn't right; maybe it needs a bit more white in there. There is also a weird color co-ordination thing going on here, on both this jersey and the previous one they alternate the shoulder colors and sweatband colors. Nonetheless, it's not a good look.
When the Terrapins took on Georgia Tech in Week 6, their jerseys were much better than the previous two, but those pants are just awful. Head Coach Randy Edsall calls them "gold", but try highlighter yellow.
Those pants are so bright they could blind a defender. Perhaps these jerseys with white pants or black on black would look good, but not with these yellow bottoms. Please Maryland, don't wear this combo again.
The Maryland Terrapins took on Towson in these red jerseys with black pants and went on to victory, 28-3. Perhaps the most tame of all the jersey combinations thus far, these are at least bearable.
They still have that weird gradient in the numbers, though, and the line up the middle of the helmet doesn't match any other aspects of these uniforms. It is hard to really rip on these uniforms however, as they are really the most generic of the combinations the Terps have used all season.
The uniforms the captains selected in Week 7 for their game against Clemson are downright scary...in a good way. Clearly they learned from their mistakes in Week 4 and are making up for them in this one.
The all red uniforms look great minus the gradient lettering again, but just imagine if they had better socks and cleats to go along with them, maybe if they switched the helmets out to white it would look better, but we aren't fashion experts.
In Week 3 the Terps pulled a page out of the Oregon Ducks' uniform book when they wore this all-black beauty of a uniform.
Much like the Ducks did with Nike in Week 1, the Terps and Under Armour went with this head-to-toe black uniform with matte black helmets after their Week 2 bye. Of all the combinations of uniforms the Terps have, this is by far the best.
Everything works perfectly here and these uniforms could actually be used week in and week out. The gradient shading on the shoulders in a bit much, but other than that these are excellent. Well done Maryland, you finally chose one good combination of the 50 other possible combinations.