Sparks, Eagles unveil new uniforms
Carson-Newman coach Ken Sparks and the Eagles football team recently announced and unveiled numerous changes to their football uniforms for the upcoming season.
JEFFERSON CITY – After the debut of Carson-Newman’s new Nike Foggy grey uniforms, the Eagles took to the catwalk for a fashion show to display all 16 of their uniform combinations Thursday at the Ken Sparks Athletic Complex.
The Eagles can throw together different arrangements of Nike Pro Combat (blue and white), Beast (orange) and Get Loose (the new Foggy grey) uniforms.
“This was real fun,” defensive end William Alderman said after strutting his stuff in an orange jersey in white pants. “We’ve got the look thanks to our coaches and Nike, now we’ve got to show performance on the field to match it.”
Since 2012, Carson-Newman is 3-1 when wearing blue tops with white pants, 2-0 in blue on orange, 5-1 in orange on white, 4-1 in white on orange, 2-3 in white on white and 2-0 in white on blue.
The consensus among the Eagles’ seems to favor the grey-on-grey combination or the blue-on-white.
“I think it humbles us as players that our coaches care this much about us to go get uniforms for us, especially the greys,” running back Andy Hibbett said. “Just to get Nike is a huge deal.”
The Eagles haven’t decided when they’ll break out the Foggy greys; however, popular early choices include the opener against Edinboro, homecoming against North Greenville or a home game to begin November against defending national runner-up Lenoir-Rhyne.
Carson-Newman head football coach Ken Sparks and assistant coach/equipment manager Dino Waites surprised the Eagles’ in town for summer workouts with a fashion show Tuesday when they unveiled C-N’s new Nike Get Loose Foggy grey uniforms.
“I’ve always been told that if you don’t look good on the outside, you won’t play well,” Sparks said. “Obviously, you have to have your heart right too. We’re fortunate we have some friends at Nike who understand what we’re about and wanted to give us a foggy uniform. They are helping us do things first class.”
The pants have an orange stripe running down the sides with Eagles written in the middle in white.
“We always want to be first class,” Sparks said. “What good is it to just talk about things if you’re not going to follow up on them. Dino knows the value of looking good, but is also functional and lightweight. He’s helped us continue be on the cutting edge of uniforms.”
The grey tops and pants bring Carson-Newman up to 16 different uniform combinations for 2014. The Eagles have Nike Pro Combat blue and white uniforms, as well as Nike Beast orange jerseys in their equipment arsenal.
“The kids are fired up and excited about it,” Sparks said.
-From Contributed Reports