Maryland football has had plenty of different looks in its history, but might still be associated most closely with the red and white script uniforms from the 1980s. The jerseys were simple, and the “Terps” name popped off the sides of the helmet.
Boomer Esiason wore those uniforms. So did Frank Reich. And at this year’s homecoming game against Michigan on Nov. 2, the current Terps will bring that style back.
New head coach Mike Locksley has emphasized his reverence for Maryland at seemingly every opportunity since his hiring. He watched the Terps growing up and remembers when they were contenders in the national landscape.
“I was raised on the Terps script,” Locksley said in a team press release. “I fell in love with the teams that donned those uniforms. I remember watching guys like Boomer and Frank Reich guiding the Terps in those uniforms. I know our team will be excited to bring that back for homecoming.”
These uniforms bring back so many familiar features — the subtle stripes on the shoulders and a sizable white stripe in the middle of the helmet — and combine that traditional design with advanced Under Armour grid technology that makes it look almost brand-new.
And ... the shoes!
It won’t be easy to actually pick up a win in these uniforms — Michigan could be a top-five team when it comes to College Park — but it’s always nice to see a program tip its hat to the past. The throwbacks are part of a larger celebration of college football’s 150th season, and the program says they’ll only be available this season, but maybe there’s a chance we see them again down the road.