Houston Football Unveils 2014 Uniforms
July 23, 2014
HOUSTON - The University of Houston Football program unveiled its 2014 uniforms Wednesday afternoon at the Athletics/Alumni Center. Head coach Tony Levine was joined by WR Deontay Greenberry, DT Joey Mbu, LB Efrem Oliphant and C Bryce Redman in debuting Houston's four uniform options for the 2014 season. A full photo gallery of the uniforms can be found by clicking here.
Houston will once again have two helmet options with the return of the scarlet red helmet with a white UH logo and a matte white helmet with a red UH logo.
Houston's home jerseys, from the Nike Pro Combat Speed series, feature HOUSTON in the official Houston Athletics font across the chest. UH's home jerseys in scarlet red feature white sleeves with white numerals and nameplates while the road white jerseys feature red sleeves with red numerals and nameplates. The 2014 Houston jerseys also have the addition of the Nike Flywire design on the front neck.
The Nike Pro Combat Speed jersey uses Nike's lightest stretch woven nylon fabrication on shoulder, sleeve and front back panels for performance, fit and durability. The jersey features a two-ply reinforced shoulder for increased durability along with four-way stretch mesh panels at the front and back to optimize breathability, fit and performance.
Houston will wear white Nike Pro Combat Speed Pants for the entirety of the 2014 season. Made from Nike's lightest stretch nylon fabric, the pants feature the UH logo on the left thigh with two red stripes on each side of the leg.
HOUSTON FOOTBALL HEAD COACH Tony Levine QUOTES
On the passing of Robert Newhouse
On new uniforms
Last year, if I can use the phrase outside the box, at least for me personally with the style we had, I liked it I think our student-athletes really enjoyed it and I think our fans did as well and it’s something a little bit this year that is going to be simpler but certainly very very sharp
Four combinations. Last year we did have red pants, we are only going to have white pants this year and we’ve got four of our current student-athletes as models.
We had asked about 30 of our guys if they’d do it and 30 of them said no, so we ended up with these four right here.
The first is Deontay Greenberry. Deontay is wearing what we wore last year on the road. Basically all white, the white helmet was new for us last season and then the white jersey and the white pants as you can see as he turns sideways the two red stripes down the leg on both sides. So we’ve got red on the sleeves, last year we had a little bit of grey in the uniforms, there is no grey this year it is only going to be white and red.
Next is Joey Mbu, one of our kickers and team captains, Joey has got the red jersey with the white pants and again a combination of you will see us wearing at home. Joey has got the red helmet, the red jersey and the white pants. As you look closely from our student-athletes, you will see what Nike calls the “fly wire” right around the neck area, so it looks as much as anything but it is new for this year’s uniform.
Efrem Oliphant, senior linebacker for us, again similar to Deontay in terms of the white jersey and the white pants but Efrem is showing you the red helmet and everything else is the same. We are going to have the ability to get some different gloves and some shoes in as well.
And then Bryce Redman is similar to Joey with the red jersey and white pants however he has a white helmet. So we have got some different combinations, we are also looking at possibly some different decals to go on the helmets as a possible change up for a game or two along the way this season but again a uniform that we are excited about not that you’ll be able to tell with pictures or videos but a little bit different fit as well.
We had some different styles in terms of comfort level the last few years and last year we really and truly did black, the black uniform we went with for two of our games had the fit that our student-athletes enjoyed the most in terms of comfort, durability and to be able to have the flexibility with their arms in the jerseys so that is what we went with this season.”
On excitement with all the new things
We showed them the uniforms a couple of weeks ago in a team meeting, we made sure that there were no cellphones in the meeting to take pictures of and put them on social media at the time and you know we had a good response, some were excited about it and I think they’ll be excited about it as well. It is really sharp this year and again I liked last year’s, we had a couple extra colors in there and just going with the red and the white and being, I hate using the word basic but, I think it is really going to give a good example of what our program is all about.”
On coaches involvement in branding
First and foremost, our current guys have to enjoy what they are wearing and have to feel comfortable in and have to feel like they look good and then we are going to be on national TV every week so it is a representation certainly of our program. We have put a lot of thought into it and again at the end of the day a lot of time goes into between the number of people in our program making the decision to come up with the final product.
HOUSTON STUDENT-ATHLETE QUOTES
SENIOR LB Efrem Oliphant
On if the team discussed how to make the uniforms more exciting
On the buzz surrounding the program with the new uniforms and stadium
SENIOR DT Joey Mbu
On the importance of being able to move in the jerseys
JUNIOR WR Deontay Greenberry
On the uniforms
On the new stadium
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Houston opens the 2014 season at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 29, when it hosts UTSA in the first game in TDECU Stadium.
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