Tennessee Smokey Grey alternative uniforms are a tradition for the Vols now, according to Butch Jones. The team will be wearing the special alternate threads this weekend, when it hosts Florida.
Tennessee announced the uniform decision today.
Tennessee didn't find a ton of success in the adidas version of the Smokey Greys, but landed a big win in their debut after the move to Nike last season. Tennessee first wore the jerseys against Georgia, a game the Vols came from behind to win 38-31.
Traditionalists don't seem to be big fans of the Tennessee Smokey Grey uniforms, but others love them. The look was voted "Uniform of the Year" by UNISWAG followers last season.
Jones cites that award when explaining why he likes the look.
“They were named the uniform of the year, and I thought it was great,” Jones said. “And I think it really was symbolic of the state of Tennessee. Actually, I didn’t say this in the car down here, but I thought about it in my mind, when were driving here there was a shot of the mountains, and it actually resembled our helmet. Nike actually went up into the Smoky Mountains and actually developed that Smokey Grey for us based off of the mountains.
“I thought that was a great addition, and we’re not changing ‘em. They’ll be the same. And we’re making a tradition of that.”
With special jerseys, College GameDay, and a "checker Neyland" event planned for Saturday's game, the atmosphere should be pretty ridiculous in Knoxville. Tennessee is looking to shake off some unimpressive performances, and land their first win over the SEC East rival Gators since 2004.
Tennessee opens as an eight point favorite over Florida in the game, according to OddsShark. Purdue transfer Austin Appleby will start in place of injured quarterback Luke Del Rio for the Gators.