Tennessee sent out an email to fans earlier this week trying to sell the limited amount of tickets left for the game and included this: ‚ÄúSee the debut of the new Smokey Gray jerseys.‚Äù
Georgia tight end Jay Rome wasn‚Äôt too impressed.
‚ÄúYou‚Äôre going to play the same way you‚Äôre going to play,‚Äù Rome said. ‚ÄúWhat you‚Äôre wearing ain‚Äôt going to matter how you‚Äôre going to play. It‚Äôs all about preparation and playing football, practicing. I know they‚Äôre going to be ready to play whether they wear orange, white, whatever they wear.‚Äù
Georgia defensive lineman Garrison Smith had this unique take: ‚ÄúI‚Äôll go out there and play in my birthday suit. It doesn‚Äôt matter. As long as I‚Äôve got my shoulder pads and my helmet on, I‚Äôm going to be good.‚Äù
Saturday will be the third time since the 1930s that a Volunteers team has worn anything other than orange at home.
‚ÄúWhen you win, everyone loves them and wants you to do it again,‚Äù Georgia coach Mark Richt said. ‚ÄúWhen you lose, they want to burn them. You can‚Äôt even give them away. That goes for helmets, too.‚Äù
Georgia had a blowout victory against Auburn in 2007 in its first blackout but the second blackout turned into a bust when it was stomped by Alabama in 2008. The Bulldogs broke out black helmets in another lopsided loss to Florida in 2009.
‚ÄúI know a lot of guys on the team talk about wearing the black jersey,‚Äù safety Josh Harvey-Clemons said. ‚ÄúI feel like it shouldn‚Äôt matter what color jerseys you wear because we‚Äôve lost games in our white jerseys. We didn‚Äôt stop wearing those. We just leave that up to the coaches to decide.‚Äù
Quarterback Aaron Murray talked about wanting black jerseys for the last home game against Kentucky.
‚ÄúIt definitely adds a little bit of juice to you,‚Äù he said. ‚ÄúYou look good, you feel good, you play good.‚Äù