Tech actually has never worn the particular gold jersey that players will wear against Kentucky. Tech had them for four years, but the team has worn either white or navy in every game since then. The last time Tech wore gold in a bowl game was, coincidentally, in the 2007 Gator Bowl (at the end of the 2006 season).
The team’s seniors voted on the combination.
“I’m pretty sure it was initiated by Harrison (Butker),” Rodwell said. “He always likes to take the uniforms and stuff like that. He’ll run it by all the other players and, of course, all of us get excited when we wear something new and different from the white we normally wear.”
Tech will draw a contrast with Kentucky, which will wear blue helmets and blue jerseys. To wear a colored jersey as the designated visiting team, Tech had to request permission from the TaxSlayer Bowl. NCAA rules specify that the visiting team will wear white jerseys (unless both teams agree to allow the home team to wear white, as is Tech’s custom) unless permission is granted.