WVU players love the new Country Roads uniform

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A lot happened on the first day of the Big 12 Football Media Days, including new commissioner Brett Yormark’s introductory press conference and remarks from WVU head coach Neal Brown. Nick Farrell and Anjelica Trinone recap the most important moments of the day in our latest episode.

ARLINGTON, Texas — WVU fans aren’t the only ones thrilled with the stylish new WVU football uniforms.

The program unveiled its Nike Country Roads uniform in June via a series of social media posts. One of these messages included player reactions after a surprise reveal at the Puskar stadium in Milan.

Nearly a month later, these student-athletes are still very excited about their newswires, which they will wear for their opener against Pitt.

“I love ’em,” wide receiver Bryce Ford-Wheaton told Gold and Blue Nation Wednesday during Big 12 Football Media Days. “I definitely love the helmets, and I think the police on the front, West Virginia, are really different.”

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This special-edition uniform is closely tied to one of the hallmarks of the Mountain State: the winding country roads that were immortalized in John Denver’s classic song.

The uniform includes a white jersey, pants, and a helmet with blue and gold trim. Blue trim on the sleeves and numbers features an illustration of country roads winding through the state, while gold trim, particularly on the helmet, resembles a central strip of road.

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This unique design really hits home with All-American offensive lineman Zach Frazier.

“I love them,” Frazier said. “Just all the details, how well thought out it was, and to showcase that in our opener against Pitt, I couldn’t be more excited.”

Frazier is used to representing his home country. The Fairmont native has proudly worn the Flying WV for the past two seasons. But when the game against Pitt comes around, he’ll also literally wear his hometown on his jersey.

“Even the details in the numbers where there are all the main country roads, I even went down to the jersey, I found my hometown right next to the roads,” Frazier said. ” It is special. It’s really… Being one of those people, representing your state, it means everything, especially seeing your city on the map, on your uniform, I can’t put it into words, really.

According to the program, these exclusive uniforms will only be worn once, but if the Mountaineers beat the Panthers in their opener, Ford-Wheaton hopes they won’t be worn just once.

“If you start hot, there’s no reason to change uniforms,” ​​he said. “I want to wear them as much as possible, honestly, my senior year.”

So far, fan feedback on the new threads has been equally good.

“In my 20 years here in the athletic department, it’s one of the most loved and popular things we’ve done,” said Matt Wells, associate senior executive director of athletics for business. outside of WVU. “I think this one [has] universally been praised.

The Backyard Brawl returns September 1 to Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh.

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