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Looking good, playing good: The man behind ASU's changing uniforms

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By Gayle Jansen, FOX 10 Sports - Bio

TEMPE, Ariz. (KSAZ) -- For years in this rivalry, we saw basically the same uniforms. But in this day and age of college sports, uniforms have been become a huge deal for the fans, players and even recruits.

And that's especially true for the Arizona State University Sun Devils, who will sport yet another different look on Saturday.

So far, we've seen all kinds of uniform combinations for the Sun Devils.  Every week, something different.

On Friday, we caught up with the man in charge of coming up with that new look every week.

"We went from four helmets in 2011 to six in 2012.  Then we went from six in 2012 to nine in 2013," said ASU football equipment operations coordinator Jerry Neilly.

Neilly is in charge of ASU's constantly changing look.  He's been with ASU the past two seasons and worked under Coach Todd Graham when Graham was with Tulsa.

Jerry started working on a uniform plan even before the season started, when he sat down with some key seniors on the team.

"And we came up with the idea.. lets go 12 for 12. Let's wear something new every game -- a different combination every game," he said.

And so far, they have.  The decision about each game's uniform is made on Sunday, after the previous day's game.

Not only does Jerry have to design and get the uniform ready, he has to model it for Coach Graham.

"Every week, I have to put the uniform on, helmet, jersey, shoulder pads, everything -- even cleats.  The one time I walked up and went into a meeting room and showed coach, coach this is the uniform what do you think?  I didn't have cleats on.  His first comment, 'Son, where's your cleats?' They're down in the equipment room coach.  'Son, I need to see the whole uniform.  Put your cleats on."

When he showed off this week's planned uniform combo of black helmets, maroon jerseys and black pants, the coach's response -- "Are you sure?"  He told Jerry to go back down and ask every senior what they thought.

"I walked in with the uniform and of course they stopped laughing.. about half of them said I don't think I like and then we got into a great debate.  We were in the training room for almost a half hour, just bickering back and forth about uniform combinations," said Jerry.

And this is what they came up with: white helmet, black jersey and black pants.

"That was it.  I love it.. I love it.. it looks so cool.. such a good look, so went up and showed coach and he said, 'Oh my goodness that's so much better than what you had the first time.  Let's go with it,' and that was it and we've been changing face masks and chin straps ever since.

Compare white helmets, big maroon pitchfork and face mask versus black logo and face mask.


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