Uniform idea

The Bulls are ready for the ball.

In an effort to sharpen its image before its inaugural season in the Big East, the USF football team unveiled its new uniform earlier this month.

Green with white letters and gold trim, the new home threads don’t look much different than the old ones, but many players are welcoming the change for another reason.

“They’re not nearly as baggy,” said sophomore safety Danny Verpaele. “They look a lot more modern.

Gone too is the ‘USF’ lettering on the sleeves and the drop shadow effect behind the numerals.

“They’re definitely an upgrade,” said first-year player sophomore Amarri Jackson, who transferred from Hillsborough Community College. “I was talking to the guys and they said they like these jerseys a lot better.”

That is, if they even had a choice.

“When we got the uniforms, coach (Jim Leavitt) said, ‘Even if you don’t like it, you’re going to like it,'” Jackson said, smiling.

The away jerseys are white with green letters and gold trim. As for combinations, Sports Information Director John Gerdes said USF tends to put green on green and white on white, but added that they “can do whatever they want.”

Manufactured by Sports Belle, the same company that has designed USF’s uniforms in the past, the new jerseys, according to Jackson, should help the Bulls on the field.

“These are better because when you look good you play good,” he said.