Going by social media feedback, the recent unveiling of USF's new all-green Adidas jerseys had many Bulls fans and players awaiting the other color schemes.
The wait ended Saturday at USF's Fan Fest. To employ the millennial vernacular, the response this time was far more lit than lukewarm.
"They got us going crazy, I ain't gonna lie to you," senior nickel back Ronnie Hoggins said.
An all-black alternate uniform (modeled by former Bulls LB Sam Barrington) and all-white version (modeled by former QB B.J. Daniels) were unveiled to the players and public at the Yuengling Center. The all-black version is believed to be the first of its kind in USF's 22-season history.
Based on the initial reaction, it was an overwhelming hit.
"We're real excited," said senior WR Tyre McCants who — like the fan base — had not seen the white and black designs until Saturday. "Especially the black ones. The white ones and the green ones, but them black ones with the black helmet — that really surprised us."
The unveiling, which included former Bulls QB Matt Grothe modeling the all-green, coincides with the start of USF's new apparel deal with Adidas. The Bulls open the season (uniform color to be determined) at home Sept. 1 against Elon.
"We knew we were gonna have an alternate, we just didn't know what they were gonna look like," Hoggins said. "Seeing those jerseys come out and all the guys react to 'em man, we were amazed by 'em."