A major talking point this offseason has been about a potential 2019 Nebraska alternate uniform. The Huskers went with a throwback look last season, honoring the 100-year anniversary of World War I. This year’s newly-released alternate isn’t about honoring any anniversary, it’s about embracing one of the Huskers’ greatest traditions.
The 2019 alternate, released Monday, is all about the Blackshirts.
— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) August 19, 2019
If it looks familiar, that’s because Nebraska went with a similar black-on-white look with its 2012 alternate, but with slight differences. That uniform featured a stencil-like font in the jersey’s numbering, black striping on the pant legs and a cross-hatch texture across the shoulder pads.
Whereas 2013’s alternate danced around the Blackshirt motif, 2019’s features the logo on the shoulders. It’s the first time a Nebraska game uniform has ever featured the logo. The font for the numbering is also the same as the Huskers’ regular home and away looks.
There’s an irony to the fact the program’s most offensively-innovative coach is the one to finally embrace the Blackshirt logo. Head coach Scott Frost knows what the Huskers were when they were winning national championships, yes, but he’s also the man who did away with the fullback in the Husker offense. The team’s identity under Frost is that of an offensive power.
But the look, at least for one game, will be that of the Blackshirts.
You can find a full gallery of the Huskers’ alternates through the years here, and the story of the origin of the Blackshirts logo here.