By Mason Kelley
Cory Littleton looked down and tugged on his jersey. Then Washington’s junior linebacker paused and said, “They look good, and they’re a lot tighter, which is always better.”
Littleton was talking about the Huskies’ new-look practice jerseys, which they wore for the first time Monday morning during the opening practice of fall camp.
The jerseys, which match the program’s new-look game uniforms in every way except for some of the more intricate details, are designed to foster a game-day feeling during practice.
“Man, it’s different,” junior cornerback Marcus Peters said. “It’s going to get us used to being in these jerseys, and it’s going to be a natural fit. The jersey is tighter to you. It allows your breathing to be different. You get used to breathing in it and, once you put the pads on, it feels like you’re in a game.”
As the Huskies went through drills, players were conscious of their new threads, a departure from previous seasons where the look and feel of practice jerseys were completely different from what the program wore on Saturdays.
“This is our first time ever doing this,” Littleton said. “It’s different. It’s something we’re actually going to be playing in, so it’s nice to get comfortable using these jerseys, especially since our jerseys from last year were totally different.”
While consistency between game and practice jerseys might seem like a trivial thing, Peters said the goal is for everything Washington does to flow from one thing to the next.
“The transition is going to be from practice to game, and that’s how the coaches want us to be this year,” he said. “They want everything to transition right over. From practice, to walkthroughs and games, we just roll on from there.”
Washington’s offensive players spent the day in white – quarterbacks wore practice-specific gold jerseys – while the defense wore purple.
“It’s another piece added on to the new Husky way,” Peters said.