Rutgers hasn’t grabbed much attention in the first month of the 2016 college football season. That could certainly change after the program’s Twitter account disclosed flashy headgear for the team’s date with the fourth-ranked Michigan Wolverines Saturday night.
— Rutgers Football (@RFootball) October 7, 2016
The helmets will match alternate black uniforms the team will wear for its first night game of the season. The team has yet to unveil the uniform combination.
And while a flamboyant jersey and helmet won’t help the Scarlet Knights on the field, Rutgers coach Chris Ash believes it can at least help energize his team.
“Other places that I’ve done special uniforms usually, I guess, it helps the players get a little more into it, a little more excited, a little more enthusiastic, a little more umpf to them,” Ash told NJ.com’s Ryan Dunleavy.
“But we’ll see how our players respond. Sounds like in the past, it’s been a pretty well-received thing both from players and fans. Excited to go out there Saturday night and see what happens.”
The black uniforms coincide with the university’s “Stripe the Birthplace” initiative, in which officials have asked fans seated in even-numbered sections to wear scarlet and those in odd-numbered sections to wear black.
Rutgers (2-3) is coming off a damaging 58-0 loss to Ohio State last Saturday.