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: “See the debut of the new Smokey Gray jerseys.”
Georgia tight end Jay Rome wasn’t too impressed.
“You’re going to play the same way you’re going to play,” Rome said. “What you’re wearing ain’t going to matter how you’re going to play. It’s all about preparation and playing football, practicing. I know they’re going to be ready to play whether they wear orange, white, whatever they wear.”
Georgia defensive lineman Garrison Smith had this unique take: “I’ll go out there and play in my birthday suit. It doesn’t matter. As long as I’ve got my shoulder pads and my helmet on, I’m going to be good.”
Saturday will be the third time since the 1930s that a Volunteers team has worn anything other than orange at home.
“When you win, everyone loves them and wants you to do it again,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “When you lose, they want to burn them. You can’t even give them away. That goes for helmets, too.”
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.
“I know a lot of guys on the team talk about wearing the black jersey,” safety Josh Harvey-Clemons said. “I feel like it shouldn’t matter what color jerseys you wear because we’ve lost games in our white jerseys. We didn’t stop wearing those. We just leave that up to the coaches to decide.”
Quarterback Aaron Murray talked about wanting black jerseys for the last home game against Kentucky.
“It definitely adds a little bit of juice to you,” he said. “You look good, you feel good, you play good.”