In a much-anticipated online unveiling, the Arkansas Razorbacks announced their newest look for the 2012 season featuring Nike pro Combat System of Dress technology Wednesday morning, according to the University of Arkansas website.
According to the University's website, the team took a clean modern approach, keeping a cardinal uniform and helmet as well as a white version of both bringing back a helmet color the Razorbacks have worn in the past. Additionally, Arkansas introduced a new gray color as an alternate.
The website states that the uniforms took nearly a year to design. "During that time, Nike representatives visited Arkansas to study the tradition of the Razorbacks in order to incorporate many of the elements that make the university unique. On their visit, representatives toured campus and collected input from department members and student-athletes. Arkansas worked closely with Nike during the process to bring elements of the school's rich Razorback heritage into a distinguished, clean and modern uniform design by emphasizing the strong iconic Razorback features. The shoulders are accented with jagged metallic Razorback lines, which reflect the hairline along the mascot's back, thus creating a wider look across the pads. The "RAZORBACK" slogan has been placed on the front of the home jersey, which also features new number fonts and logo typeface designed to look like the sharp edge of a razor, while "ARKANSAS" is shown on the away and alternate versions. Additionally the numbers, as well as the helmets, feature an aggressive faded finish. The "RING THE BELL" rally cry is also stitched into the inside neckline as a reminder to the student-athletes to perform their best in order to achieve team goals," the website says.
Replica jerseys will be available in retail storing, including Hog Heaven located at Bud Walton Arena in July.