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TIGER KICKOFF: Texas Tech to wear camo uniforms Saturday

Friday, November 5, 2010 | 5:00 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Texas Tech likes to wear all-black uniforms at home. On Saturday, those all-black uniforms will be a bit different.

Texas Tech will wear camouflage-trimmed jerseys on Saturday night to honor the U.S. Armed Forces and to support the Wounded Warrior Project.

Saturday's game

No. 14 Missouri (7-1, 3-1 Big 12)
at Texas Tech (4-4, 2-4)

WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Jones Stadium, Lubbock, Texas
RADIO: KTGR/1580 AM, KCMQ/96.7 FM
TV: ABC

Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert is averaging 9.2 yards per rush and 262.2 yards passing, and has three receivers averaging at least 64 yards per game (Michael Egnew, T.J. Moe and Jerrell Jackson).
Texas Tech quarterback Taylor Potts isn't a threat on the ground but is averaging 298 yards passing. He was replaced last week in the fourth quarter by Steven Sheffield, who may get the start.



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Under Armour, Texas Tech's official apparel outfitter, created the camouflage uniforms for three schools: Tech, Utah and Maryland.

Utah will also wear their camouflage uniforms Saturday when the Utes take on TCU. Maryland will wear their jerseys on Nov. 20.

The jerseys will be auctioned off by the teams after the game, and according to Under Armour, 100 percent of the proceeds of the jersey auctions will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.

"The custom uniforms and gear provide us with an opportunity to engage college football fans and athletes, while uniting together to support the overall mission of Wounded Warrior Project," said Kevin Plank, founder and CEO of Under Armour in a release. "We are committed to honoring our nation's troops, who risk their lives protecting our house, and we are proud to support them through these games and beyond."

The Wounded Warrior Project was founded in 2002 with a three-pronged goal. The project works to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid, to help injured service members assist each other and to provide unique programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

Each Texas Tech player will have "FREEDOM" on his jersey's nameplate. 

Last year, Maryland and South Carolina wore similar camouflage jerseys. The online auction of the two teams' jerseys — along with the sale of custom fan gear — raised more than $130,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project, according to a press release on the organization's website.

Army wore an all-camouflage uniform last week when playing the Virginia Military Institute. Army is outfitted by Nike.


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Comments

Joey Mc November 6, 2010 | 11:56 p.m.

Yeah they wear the camo but they toss veterans under the bus when it comes to admittance. Seems to be too hard for them to realize someone can join the military for four years and turn there life around. Got kicked out of Tech, joined the Army served four year including a tour in Iraq, learned a lot of life lessons and skills. However my GPA from four years ago at 1.5 was too low for them to even consider admitting a highly decorated veteran.

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Corl Leach November 7, 2010 | 2:21 p.m.

Joey Mc wrote "Got kicked out of Tech, joined the Army served four year including a tour in Iraq, learned a lot of life lessons and skills. However my GPA from four years ago at 1.5 was too low for them to even consider admitting a highly decorated veteran."

And just how did you make yourself eligible for admittance academically? Thank you for your service, but just because you were in the military is not enough on its own to make you "college material." If you faced Iraq, you most certainly can improve your credentials academically.

Military or not, your "entitlement mentality" is a sad commentary on the downward slide of the American citizenry.

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