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Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 08/13/2012

Morning pixels: Randy Edsall talks about names on uniforms


I mentioned last week that some of Maryland’s football uniforms will include player names this season, a departure from Randy Edsall’s debut season in 2011.

“I am not a name-on-the-back-of-the-jersey guy,” Edsall said last summer. “To me, it’s all about the name on the front. It’s all about Maryland.”

Well, I hadn’t heard Edsall explain the change, until I listened to this recent interview on Baltimore’s 105.7. This response came after he was asked about the attention the Terps got for their uniforms last season.

“I just think that Under Armour was innovative in terms of what we did,” Edsall began. “And I think people looked at that and said Oh wow, all these combinations. But now this year, we’ve gone back to a little bit more of a traditional look that we’ll have.

“One of the traditions here at Maryland, they did have the names on the backs of jerseys. So we’ll have the names on the back of the jerseys with our traditional jerseys, but with our Pride jerseys we won’t. That’ll just have Maryland and nothing on the back.

“But again, the thing I thought was our players really liked them. The demographics that we’re involved with in terms of recruiting — the high school kids — they really liked them. And to me, that’s what’s most important, is the guys that we’re trying to sell to come here, to grow this program and to make it better.”

Indeed, as I wrote last summer, Maryland was the nation’s first team to put names on the backs of jerseys, in the fall of 1961. So it is something of a tradition in College Park. Sure, this is an extremely mild change, but some fans think it matters.

“Yes it was the smallest, and easiest of the fixes, but I think we are finally starting to see a Randy Edsall who can put his hat in his hand and take a step back,” one blogger wrote. “This is a great sign for everyone.”

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