BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU football players will be wearing throwback "Gridiron Gold" uniforms for Saturday's game against Mississippi State in Tiger Stadium.
Coach Les Miles announced the new Monday as the uniforms are part of LSU's annual Gold Game, which will be played on Sept. 17.
The "Gridiron Gold" uniforms feature Old Gold jerseys, which are reminiscent of the color LSU wore during the 1940s. Players will also wear white helmets with their jersey numbers on either side.
The throwback uniforms will also include a vintage block "L" logo on right hip of the pants as well as the old school "Sailor Mike" logo on the collars of the jerseys.
"We're very excited to wear the old LSU colors and honor the past with this new uniform," said LSU running back Leonard Fournette. "It's a special moment for us to be able to wear it and represent Louisiana on the field. The uniform is a throwback; it's a classy look."
Saturday's Gold Game will mark the first time the Tigers have worn gold jerseys since LSU's game against Florida in Gainesville in 1998. The Tigers have not worn gold jerseys in Tiger Stadium since LSU's 35-0 win over Vanderbilt in 1996.
The kickoff for Saturday's game against the Bulldogs is set for 6 p.m. The Gold Game will air on ESPN2.
Following are descriptions of the elements that form the "Gridiron Gold" uniform:
Y.A. TITTLE ERA
The Gridiron Gold jersey design and numeral font are reminiscent of the style worn by Fighting Tigers during the college career of Y.A. Tittle, who played at LSU from 1944-47. In fact, the idea to create the throwback design was triggered by Tittle's visit to the LSU campus just a few years ago. The Old Gold color of the throwback jersey mimics the color worn by Tittle and his teammates in the 1940s.
The numbers are a tribute to LSU's helmet design from 1957-71, when the players' jersey numbers were also displayed on each side of the headgear. Coach Paul Dietzel introduced the helmet design in his second season at LSU in 1957, when the Tigers wore black, two-inch "NCAA style" numerals on the headgear. The size expanded to three inches in 1958, the season LSU captured its first national title.
The block "L" on the right hip of the pants is the same style of letter that was worn by LSU athletics teams in the early-20th Century, including the 1908 football squad, which posted a perfect 10-0 mark. The block "L" is still used today as the official logo of the L Club, LSU's organization for athletics letterwinners.
The "Sailor Mike" logo was extremely popular among LSU fans in the 1940s and '50s, especially when the Tigers won their first football national championship in 1958. The logo is featured on the collar of the throwback jersey, centered above the player's jersey number.