BYU upgrades their uniform set with the Nike Vapor Untouchable template
The first half of practice was photo day for the team and we got our first look at the uniforms that the team will be wearing next season. While there were no changes to the overall design, BYU did get a new uniform set from Nike called Vapor Untouchable. The jersey is a lighter weight and has fewer panels and stitching which (according to Nike) will increase performance, etc. The main area where fans will be able to tell the difference between the old uniforms and the new set, is around the collar. If you look at the old uniforms, you’ll see that BYU had the old “Get Loose” template that featured the Nike Flywire collar on the front of the uniform. It was a cool innovation back in 2012 but has since looked a little dated. It’s good to see BYU taking advantage of Nike’s latest and greatest offerings. Check out the photos of the new uniforms and a video from Nike on what makes this new uniform different.
Our first look at the LaVell Edwards patch on the jerseys
In addition to the new Nike template the Cougars were showing off their new LaVell Edwards patch that will be worn during the 2017 season to honor the legendary coach. The patch itself is a fantastic idea, but the execution isn’t the best. I love royal just as much as the next guy but the patch should be navy on the navy uniform and royal on the royal uniform. Also, it looks a little too big particularly when placed on the same plane as the Nike and stretch Y logos. Again, I’m very glad that BYU will be honoring LaVell. I just think with some small tweaks it could be much better.
More video goodness from photo day and practice
I thought that the video team would be taking a break after busy day yesterday but they we’re right back at it with some excellent footage on back-to-back days. The first video of the set is of the “Welcome to the Family” variety, starting off with Butch Pau’u complaining about his inability to pose for photos with personality. It eventually cuts to practice footage where we it ends with Riley Burt busting off a long run. The red shirt sophomore has been turning heads in camp.
This next video is another hit, with what sounds like former BYU defensive back Derwin Gray providing the voice over. The motivational speech from Gray is peppered in over more practice clips. At this point I don’t care if these videos don’t really show or reveal anything significant so long as they look and sound like this. Also, Derwin Gray is the man.
Finally we have the standard practice clip video that features some nice catches from Tariq Buchanan and Neil Pau’u, as well as some defensive highlights from Fred Warner (there should be no shortage of those this season) and Adam Pulsipher.
Post-practice interviews with Kalani Sitake, Tanner Mangum, Squally Canada and Jonny Linehan
After the photo session the media was able to catch up with Kalani and a few of the players. Kalani talked about what they can expect with the live sessions / scrimmages and gave more praise to Sione Takitaki (which was also included in this AP article). Tanner Mangum praised the experience of the tight ends, the speed of the wide receivers and the hair-cutting skills of the people at Tito’s Salon in Provo. Squally reminded everyone that while he’s not Jamaal Williams he’ll still go out there and do they best he can to play his best. Jonny Linehan talks about how he’s working on his mental game in addition to his physical conditioning.