BYU Earns College Football Uniform Of The Year Award

Feb 27, 2023, 11:33 AM
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BYU football blackout uniform won the Uniswag Uniform of the Year in College Football for the 2022 season. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)
(Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

PROVO, Utah – BYU football has made a strong effort to improve the drip they wear on gameday. Those efforts are now being awarded recognition.

BYU won the Uniswag Uniform of the Year for the 2022 college football season. The uniform that won the honor was BYU’s blackout jersey and helmet combination they wore against Notre Dame in the Shamrock Series in Las Vegas.

Fans were allowed to vote for the winner. As they’ve been known to do, BYU fans rocked the vote and led BYU’s blackout threads to the win.

BYU wore their black uniforms during the 2022 season twice. Once against Notre Dame, then in the New Mexico Bowl versus SMU. For the New Mexico Bowl, BYU donned a Sailor Coug on the gradient helmet, while against Notre Dame, BYU sported an Oval Y on the lid.

A total of 14 uniforms were in the running for Uniform of the Year. Air Force, Army, Cal, Florida State, Kansas, Marshall, Rice, San Jose State, SMU, Tennessee, UCF, USF, and West Virginia all had nominees. But BYU’s blackout took the title.

2022 was a unique year for BYU football in uniforms. BYU rolled out the blackout uniforms again with a new gradient helmet. They also unveiled a handpainted helmet that included a Cougar head and mountains on the lid to go along with the first Sailor Coug helmet. BYU also brought back a white facemask into the uniform identity for the first time since the 1980s.

Black is not a primary color for BYU athletics. But the Cougars have incorporated black uniforms into the identity over the past decade. Since 2012, BYU has worn black uniforms six times. In those six games, BYU has posted a record of 4-2 overall.

2022 BYU Football Uniform Combinations by week

at USF | All-White with Navy Blue trim | Win, 50-21

No. 9 Baylor | Royal Rush | Win, 26-20 (2OT)

at No. 25 Oregon | Royal Sitake | Loss, 20-41

Wyoming | Navy blue uniform and pants, White helmet with navy blue decals | Win, 38-24

Utah State | Royal blue uniform, White pants, Royal blue helmet | Win, 38-26

vs. Notre Dame | Black Uniform, Royal Blue to Black helmet | Loss, 20-28

Arkansas | Custom handpainted Royal Blue helmet, White uniform, pants | Loss, 35-52

at Liberty | White jersey, royal blue pants, white helmet with royal blue decals | Loss, 14-41

East Carolina | Royal blue jersey, white pants, white helmet with royal blue and gray facemask | Loss, 24-27

at Boise State | All-white with white facemask on helmet | Win, 31-28

Utah Tech | Royal blue jersey and pants, White helmet, gray facemask | Win, 52-26

at Stanford | White jersey, royal blue pants, royal blue helmet with white facemask | Win, 35-26

SMU | Blackout with Sailor Coug helmet decal | Win, 24-23

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow Mitch’s coverage of BYU moving to the Big 12 Conference on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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