Vols announce uniform combination for Alabama game

No. 6 Tennessee’s game Saturday against No. 3 Alabama is an orange out at a sold-out Neyland Stadium. On the field, the Vols will wear their traditional home uniform.

It was announced Thursday afternoon that Tennessee (5-0, 2-0 SEC) will wear orange jerseys, white pants and white helmets against Alabama (6-0, 3-0) in the highly anticipated 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time kickoff on CBS in the SEC Game of the Week.

The Vols wore their Smokey Grey alternate uniform in the 40-13 win over LSU last week at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. They were in their traditional home uniform in the 38-33 win over Florida on September 24, inside a checkerboard, sold-out Neyland.

Tennessee went with orange jerseys and orange pants in the 63-6 win over Akron on September 17, it was white on white in the overtime win at Pitt on September 10 and the classic orange on white for the season-opening win over Ball State on September 1 in Knoxville.

The Vols announced earlier this week their plans to “orange out” Neyland Stadium for Saturday’s game.

Last week was the first time since 2017 that the Vols wore the Smokey Grey alternate. It was the first time the uniform had been worn on the road, against an LSU team that went with white jerseys, white helmets and white pants, its own alternate uniform look. The Tigers traditionally wear white jerseys at home with yellow helmets and yellow pants.

Last season the Vols introduced an alternate black uniform — black jersey with orange numbers, black pants and black accents on the traditional white helmet — that was worn twice, in a win over South Carolina and a loss against No. 1 Georgia.

Tennessee wore a white helmet with the first “Smokey Gray” look in 2013. The Vols introduced a grey helmet with mountains, an orange stripe and and orange Power T, in 2015.

Head coach Josh Heupel hinted at getting the Vols back in the alternate uniform business in July 2021, though, saying at the time that he would be open to combining the “great iconic logo” at Tennessee with a “new-age approach” while “celebrating the great traditions that are Tennessee football.”

“It’s going to take a lot of different forms,” Heupel said when as asked the “new-age approach” comment. “It’s the way that we communicate inside of our building. Every interaction that we have with players, with staff, with janitors, it doesn’t matter who it is, creating and harnessing energy inside of our building.

“I think that’s a really important thing that we’ve tried to build with our VFLs too is harnessing that energy and creating positive momentum that surrounds our program where our kids feel that every single day.”

Later Heupel talked more specifically about uniform possibilities.

“As we move forward, it may be different opportunities as far as what the uniform looks like when you run out on the field,” Heupel said. “Look good, feel good, play good.

“We want to create a positive player experience from the moment that they step on campus until they’re done but have a long-term relationship with them that lasts forever.”

Tennessee mixed up its uniform combinations last season, wearing orange jerseys and white pants, orange jerseys and orange pants and the black alternate uniform at home. On the road the Vols wore both white pants and orange pants with their traditional white road jersey.

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