Bulldogs to wear black jerseys vs. UL Lafayette
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Bulldogs to wear black jerseys vs. UL Lafayette

Jacob Eason
Photo: David Barnes/UGA

The Georgia Bulldogs will wear black jerseys on Saturday against UL Lafayette, head coach Kirby Smart confirmed today after practice on Tuesday.

The UGA football athletic department first teased the news on Monday evening with a “Back in Black” graphic on their Twitter account.

Then on Tuesday, UGA tweeted a pictured of the black football jersey with the words “Black is the new Red” and “Wear Black, Black Out Sanford.”

Prior to the season, UGA designated the UL Lafayette game as a “Fan Black Out.” Athletic director Greg McGarity also stated around that time that the Bulldogs would wear black jerseys at home this season.

“Whenever the black jerseys are worn, people will know well in advance of it,” McGarity said. “It’s not a gimmick; it won’t be a surprise. It will be up to Coach Smart to make that call, but it will be a home game.”

Georgia hasn’t worn an alternate jersey since the 2011 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game when they lost to Boise State 35-21 while wearing the highly controversial Nike Pro Combat uniforms. The last time the Bulldogs wore black jerseys was in 2008 when Alabama rolled to a 41-30 victory in Athens.

Although jerseys and uniforms don’t have a bearing on the score of a game, Georgia has a 2-1 record when wearing black jerseys, the two wins coming over Auburn in 2007 and Hawaii in the 2008 Sugar Bowl.

For reference, here’s a look at Georgia’s recent history wearing alternate uniforms:

2007

Georgia first wore black jerseys at home in a 45-20 thrashing of Auburn. It was the first “blackout” game under former head coach Mark Richt. Richt called for a blackout again for the Sugar Bowl against Hawaii on Jan. 1, 2008.

2008

With Alabama visiting Athens, the Bulldogs again called for a blackout and wore their black jerseys. The Crimson Tide went up 31-0 on the Dawgs at the half and eventually won 41-30.

2009

Against Florida in Jacksonville, the Dawgs wore a uniform with black helmets (red facemask/white stripe/traditional “G” logo), white jerseys with black numbers, and black pants. The Gators thumped the Bulldogs 41-17.

2011

UGA wore Nike Pro Combat Uniforms vs. Boise State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. Boise State won 35-21.

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