On April 13, North Carolina is set to join the ranks of the many schools that have gone through offseason re-branding. During the Tar Heels’ Spring Game, the program will unveil new jerseys for the team’s 2013 season.
It will be Larry Fedora’s second year as coach. After leading the program to eight wins under sanctions that kept his squad out of the postseason, Fedora is excited for the Spring Game. It will be his first opportunity to show the community what North Carolina is building as it strives for an ACC title.
“It’s going to be a fun day for our fans and for our players,” said Larry Fedora, according to GoHeels.com. “I want the guys to have a good time, play hard and fly around the ball. I think our fans will enjoy the activities planned around the spring game and we look forward to giving them a glimpse of the uniforms for next season.”
The game itself will be played in a standard four-quarter format, but the show we here at Gamedayr will be paying attention to will be taking place at halftime.
During the break in game action, several players will come through a smoke-filled tunnel with the new jerseys on.
And yes, we’re digging the theatrics.
The new unis will also be on display outside of the stadium for fans to photograph, but the first time they will be worn on players and for the public will be at halftime on Saturday.
After averaging 16.4 yards per punt return and two touchdowns in 2013, former Heels’ star Giovani Bernard will also be honored at the Spring Game. The College Football Performance Awards will honor him as the nation’s top punt returner. Bernard declared for the NFL Draft following his redshirt sophomore season and is expected to be one of the top running backs selected.