U-M to wear special jersey for Alabama

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan will wear alternate uniforms for its season opener against Alabama in Arlington, Texas on Sept. 1.

The Wolverines will wear a white top with a maize bar across the shoulders. A block ‘M’, in blue, will be on the end of the maize bar. Michigan will also have maize pants and its traditional helmet with jersey numbers on the sides.

“The players and staff like the commemorative jersey that adidas presented for the Alabama game,” Michigan coach Brady Hoke said in a statement. “The players really enjoyed the legacy and bowl uniforms that were worn last season.”

In addition to the jersey, Michigan will also have different gloves, with the words to its fight song, ‘The Victors,’ written on the inside.

Michigan said it will be the only time in the regular season the school will deviate from its traditional home and away jerseys. Also, the school said there will no longer be numbers on the side of the helmet, as was introduced last season. That practice, according to the Michigan release, will be “suspended” following the season opener.

The Wolverines did allow they might wear alternate jerseys if they made a bowl game.

"From time to time, whether it's a regular-season or bowl game, our coaches and players enjoy an opportunity to choose an alternate jersey to wear," Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said in a statement. "The coaches and seniors have worked with adidas to create something special for the season opener in Texas."