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Prepare for the Black Out; UK football to unveil new look versus Mississippi State

When senior linebackers Winston Guy and Danny Trevathan were asked to come to the University of Kentucky football practice facilities this morning for work on their shoulder pads, they knew something was amiss.


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Instead of participating in routine equipment maintenance, Guy and Trevathan were surprised with UK’s newest look: all-black uniforms.


“I almost passed out when they told me,” Trevathan said. “It was like Christmas.”


After getting their first glimpse at the new uniforms, Trevathan and Guy were brought in on the plan to reveal the look to the rest of the team. During a team meeting Tuesday morning, head coach Joker Phillips surprised the rest of the team by bringing out the linebacker duo in full all-black gear.


“I’ve been hit with haymakers about black uniforms by the players, by (the media), by fans and it’s something we wanted to do to throw the guys a bone,” Phillips said. “We pulled them out today at the team meeting. Had Danny and Winston come out dressed in them, and the crowd goes wild.”


UK players and fans called for black uniforms before the last game Mississippi State played in Lexington in 2009, but then head coach Rich Brooks chose to go with the traditional look. On Saturday against the Bulldogs, Big Blue Nation will finally get its look at a “Black Out.”


“Everybody just kind of passed it off as something that’s not going to happen,” said senior offensive lineman Stuart Hines. “Everybody was pretty excited to see them walk in.”


While the uniforms may be a nice perk for current players and fans, the UK coaching staff is award of the positive effect they could have on recruiting.


“All those things are to keep up with the Joneses, keep up in recruiting,” Phillips said. “You don’t want people to use those things against you.”


“I had been kind of teasing recruits about it was a possibility that it might happen,” said wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator Tee Martin. “Hopefully they like it and want to wear these colors.”


Phillips said he was quick to make sure his players knew the black uniforms won’t help them win against Mississippi State Saturday.


“I think there will be more excitement if we are making plays in those black uniforms,” he said.


“Uniforms don’t win games,” Martin said. “The guys got to go out and still play hard, play tough and hopefully do it and look good at the same time.”


And if UK doesn’t play well despite the new look Saturday?


“If we don’t play well, we won’t see them again,” Phillips said.


Photo from UK Athletics.

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