As part of Military Appreciation Day on Saturday, the University of South Florida will take to the field in a special set of uniforms.
USF, Under Armour and the Wounded Warrior Project teamed up to provide the Bulls with a new head-to-toe uniform of green jerseys with gold numbers, a maze-like helmet design and white gloves that say "Freedom" on the index fingers and feature an American flag pattern on the palms.
A mannequin displaying the uniforms was present at coach Skip Holtz's weekly press luncheon Tuesday so that everyone would get a chance to see the uniforms well before Saturday's game.
"As I told the players, I want to show this early," Holtz said. "We don't want to be a bunch of giddy schoolgirls in the locker room before the game talking about how fresh this uniform looks."
Another in-state rival
This week's game against Miami provides an opportunity for USF to line up against a Florida team for the second time this season. As with all in-state games, the familiarity between players provides for a unique atmosphere.
"I'm sure the cell phones will be burning up back and forth," Holtz said. "There will be a lot of trash talking going on back and forth amongst the players. That's kind of what a rivalry game and a geographical rivalry game creates. For the players, for the fan base, for the bragging rights, for recruiting –for all those things, it really makes it an exciting week."
Three players on Miami's roster come from Hillsborough County: Alonso's Anthony Chickillo, Jesuit's Akil Craig and Tampa Bay Tech's Maurice Hagens.
USF has eight players from Miami-Dade County on its roster, including cornerback Kayvon Webster and freshman defensive tackle Elkino Watson.
The Bulls are relatively healthy heading into the Miami game, with running back Darrell Scott, who dressed last week against Syracuse but did not play, back at full strength.
Wide receiver Stephen Bravo-Brown (ankle) will also be available.
Linebacker Reshard Cliett (ankle), wide receiver A.J. Love (shin) and defensive end Claude Davis (ankle) are questionable.