New era, new look: WKU unveils new football uniforms

The new WKU football uniforms for the upcomming season, as unveiled in Greenwood Mall.

Elliott Pratt

Look good, feel good, play good.

WKU football coach Bobby Petrino uttered that phrase several times Thursday night at the Big Red Rally and Reveal for the unveiling of WKU’s new football uniforms that consist of white, red, and black color schemes.

The crowd at the Greenwood Mall stood in applause as coach Petrino stepped up to the stage to unveil WKU’s new look for the fall and had one question for the audience before lifting the veil.

“Everybody is going down to Nashville, right?” Petrino asked in reference to WKU’s seaon opener against Kentucky Aug. 31 at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn.

Petrino said the new uniforms help the program in aspects of recruiting and the way players perform on the field. The coach also said Russell approached him with the idea of creating a new look.

“Russell approached us about the possibility of putting together some new uniforms and maybe a new helmet,” Petrino said. “We went through the new material they built them with. It’s really light weight and will do a great job of keeping our players dry. We wanted to put something new out there.”

One of the new features to the jersey design is the WKU seal inside the numbers on the front and back of the jerseys.

David Aubuchon, senior merchandising manager for football, said the jerseys are much different in texture than the old ones.

“Regular twill locks the fabric down when you put it on, when you put these on it stretches with (the pads),” Aubuchon said. “It’s going to make it lighter. It’s going to be a better fit for them. It’s a pretty new look and the players are going to like them a lot.”

Along with coach Petrino, offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm, defensive coordinator Nick Holt, and wide receivers coach Lamar Thomas were on hand to sign autographs and answer questions.

Players that took part in the rally were quarterback Brandon Doughty, running back Antonio Andrews, safety Jonathan Dowling, safety Cam Thomas, and tight end Tyler Higbee.

Andrews said the uniforms coincide with a new start to the program and credited Petrino with “good taste”.

“It’s always exciting to get new uniforms,” Andrews said. “From the looks of it, Coach P has some good taste.”

Cam Thomas echoed his teammates comments and included his favorite color of the three.

“Coach Petrino did a really good job asking us for our opinions and putting a really good jersey together,” Thomas said. “I love the black on black. There’s nothing like a black out. The fans respond well to it and it’s a great feel.”