Michigan to wear alternate jerseys in Sugar Bowl

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- For the third time this season, Michigan will wear football jerseys veering from its lengthy tradition.

The school and one of its largest suppliers, The M Den, said Tuesday the Wolverines will wear an alternate jersey for the Allstate Sugar Bowl against Virginia Tech on Jan. 3.

The M Den has a white replica jersey on its website, and it is a combination of the traditional Michigan jersey and the away legacy jersey the school wore against Michigan State earlier this season.

There is a Sugar Bowl patch on the right shoulder, a block ‘M’ on the left shoulder and two stripes on each shoulder. The numbers will be in blue with maize bordering.

“Michigan is going to wear something that will look a lot like that,” said Scott Hirth, the manager of The M Den.

A Michigan spokesman said earlier Tuesday the team will wear jerseys that look similar to the replicas on the website, but there will be some slight changes.

Michigan previously wore blue legacy jerseys for the Notre Dame game on Sept. 10 and then wore identical jerseys, but in white, for the Michigan State game on Oct. 15.

"We met with our seniors and showed them some concepts that were proposed by Adidas and the mock-up is what they chose,” Michigan coach Brady Hoke said. “This is a something the players enjoy and we thought it would be a nice way to commemorate our appearance in the Sugar Bowl.”

Hirth said Adidas, the official supplier of Michigan apparel, told the outlet about the jerseys Tuesday morning and that the store placed an order for them. Those should arrive in M Den outlets soon, but can be ordered online at http://www.mden.com.