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5bc4d2805bec7.imageNebraska players will wear this "leather" helmet in the game against Illinois on November 10.

With a 'leather' helmet, Husker alternates inspired by uniform worn during Memorial Stadium's first season

By Sam McKewon
via the Omaha World-Herald newspaper web site

Devine Ozigbo liked the helmet.

“I like what they did with the decal, to make it look like a leatherhead,” he said. “That’s pretty cool.”

Indeed, the leather helmet look is the most notable design item in Nebraska’s newest Adidas alternate uniform, which will be worn for the Nov. 10 game against Illinois.

Designed to commemorate Veterans Day, Memorial Stadium and the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, NU’s alternates look nothing like the flashy, futuristic uniforms they wore 2012-2016 and, while similar to the 1997 replicas Nebraska donned last season, feature a dramatically different helmet and a well-known statement stitched into the back of the red jersey that comes right from the facade of Memorial Stadium.

“Not the victory but the action; Not the goal but the game; In the deed the glory,” is written in small capital letters where the name of the player would normally be.

The uniform, though modern in construction and fabric, is intended to look like the uniforms Nebraska wore when Memorial Stadium opened in 1923. The front of the jersey, according to an Adidas press release, is “tonal” and “paneled,” while the pants are “designed to resemble the first facade of Memorial Stadium.” The numbers and fonts are “inspired” by the first game clock used in Memorial Stadium.

But the helmet is the standout. It’s designed to replicate a leather helmet. The primary surface appears dimpled, the way a leather helmet would be, with strap decals laid over the top. The classic N has been removed from the helmet for the first time since the 2009 Louisiana game, when Nebraska celebrated its 300th sellout with 1962 throwbacks that featured just numbers.

Read the entire article on the Omaha World-Herald web site.

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