(WBIR-Knoxville) The UT football team will be sporting a brand new look for at least one home game this season: a Smokey Gray uniform with the trademark orange accents.
UT and Adidas unveiled the 2013 uniforms on Thursday.
As previously reported, there are some minor tweaks to the traditional orange and white uniforms.The Vols also revealed changes to their primary home and road uniforms.
The primary home uniform will continue to feature an orange jersey with white pants. New this year, the orange jersey will also have the outline of the state of Tennessee above the player names on the back of the jerseys.
The traditional road jersey will continue to be a white jersey with orange pants, but now there's a checkerboard pattern on the numbers, a Power T on the back, and Tennessee written above the numbers on the front.
Tennessee's adidas TECHFIT alternate uniform is Smokey Gray with VOLS on the chest and the state outline above player names on the back. The Vols' numbers feature a tonal orange checkerboard pattern inspired by Tennessee's famous end zone.
This pattern also appears on the Vols' adidas TECHFIT baselayer biceps and Tennessee will wear tonal orange wear adidas Team Speed vertical socks with Crazyquick and adizero 5-Star 2.0 cleats, which are a combination of gray and orange, including a checkerboard pattern on the heel of the shoe.
The players also have new gloves that spell out Vols on the palms.
"We are excited at our lineup of adidas uniforms for Team 117 this season," said head football coach Butch Jones. "The Smokey Gray uniform is a great addition for our program, and we believe will help our current and future student-athletes add to the strong tradition we have here at Tennessee."
The gray uniform will be worn at one home game in Neyland Stadium this year, but UT has not revealed which game.
The Smokey Gray is an official UT color, it's just not been used for uniforms in recent memory.
Written by: John Brice, Volquest.com Senior Writer
Tennessee is expanding its football wardrobe.
Just weeks after first-year head coach Butch Jones hinted that the Vols might have a new uniform in their closets and on the heels of months of speculation, Volquest.com has confirmed that Tennessee will unveil a third, gray uniform for the coming 2013 season.
The Vols will not alter their traditional white helmet with orange stripe and matching orange 'Power T' decals on both sides, but plan to work in the charcoal-gray home outfit that features orange numerals, piping, "VOLS" above the numbers on the front and an oversized 'Power T' on the pants. Curt Maggitt is the player featured in the video teaser promo that debuted Wednesday evening. The alternate uniform was being unveiled to the Vols during a team meeting shortly after 10 Thursday morning.
"Everything is about our great pride and traditions here at the University of Tennessee," Jones told VolQuest.com. "We truly respect those traditions, but it's also building upon those traditions. Before anything can be a tradition, it has to have a beginning to it. Just like the Vol Navy, just like the Vol Walk, just like the 'Power T.' So when we looked at it, it was how can we continue to move forward. As you know, in the world of recruiting this is the world we live in.
Read more at Volquest.com.