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Looks like Penn State may be keeping names on jerseys

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With volcanic eruptions not appearing to cause much panic this week, Penn State is loading up an estimated 20,000 pounds of equipment to ship over to Ireland for this weekend’s season opener against defending AAC champion UCF. The game takes place on Saturday, and if a photo snapshot of some road jerseys is any indication it appears the Nittany Lions will once again be wearing names on the back of their jerseys in 2014.

Names were added to the back of Penn State football uniforms in 2012 under head coach Bill O’Brien. The decision to add names to the jerseys for the first time in program history was made after the NCAA levied sanctions on the program. In O’Brien’s mind, names on the back of the uniforms was a measure to honor those players who chose to stay at Penn State when given a free out by the NCAA. New head coach James Franklin has kept silent on his plans for the uniforms since being hired. Perhaps the decision to keep names on the jerseys is an extension on the philosophy used by O’Brien.

Or perhaps names on the back of the jerseys will now be the standard for Penn State moving forward.

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6 Responses to “Looks like Penn State may be keeping names on jerseys”
  1. philliesblow says: Aug 26, 2014 9:23 AM

    Do Betty, Bam-Bam, Wilma, Fred and Pebbles all get jerseys too?

  2. 65impala says: Aug 26, 2014 9:23 AM

    Not that big of a deal, but I would prefer no names!

  3. cubano76 says: Aug 26, 2014 9:31 AM

    I think every player likes to have their name on their jersey. Not for the “look at me” statement. But as a sense of pride.

  4. jec332 says: Aug 26, 2014 9:32 AM

    I’m actually fine with the names on the back. Just none of this crap where we redo the entire uniform for certain games. The next thing we know we’ll look like Maryland with those ugly flag uniforms.

    The classic uniforms (Alabama, Michigan, Penn State, Ohio State, etc…) don’t need to change it up.

  5. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 26, 2014 12:12 PM

    In college it’s hard to keep track of player’s jersey numbers as the turnover is so high and players change jersey numbers from year to year. Having the names on the back helps fans identify who their players are.

    I doubt even the most traditionalist of us likes to go through the game like we’re playing NCAA 2014 with ‘QB 7’ pass complete to ‘WR 80’…

  6. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 26, 2014 12:14 PM

    And yes, I just realized the irony of my comment in comparison to my screen name….

    Fail…. :-/

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