Before you go knocking the turtle-shell designs on one of Maryland’s new football helmets, a nod to the school’s Terrapin mascot, consider first the iconic winged helmet design of the University of Michigan, which looks less like wings and more like the deformed horns of a ram. People are so used to it by now that the look doesn’t give them pause. That’ll eventually be the case with the University of Maryland’s new look(s).
Or maybe they’ll simply become the next Oregon, who change outfits as often as an extra on Saturday Night Live.
Yeah, it might have been cool if this turtle-design helmet were the only new aspect to the Terrapins’ uniform. But the football program (via Under Armour, which is based in Baltimore) will now have 16 different combinations of jerseys and pants in red, black, white and gold – to go along with two different helmet variations.
“I know this: the kids are very, very proud of those uniforms,” said new Terps coach Randy Edsall. “I told the captains, you’re the guys that are going to have to decide what we’re wearing because there are too many options for me.”
“I’m not looking forward to it all,” linebacker Kenny Tate told the Washington Times. “With all these combinations, I don’t know. We could be sitting there arguing. We can come out every week and have something new just looking good and trying to come out and perform very well. We’ll consult with the team, see what we want to wear, make a decision and go play football.”