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A year away from launching football, Kennesaw State unveils its uniforms

A list of things a brand new football program absolutely needs to function would read something like this - a coaching staff, practice space, footballs, a weight room, practice equipment, and training materials. It probably would not include new game uniforms 12 months ahead of the program's official launch date, but here's one thing every new program definitely requires: money. Lots and lots of money.

That's where the uniforms come in.

In case you don't know by now, nothing jumpstarts excitement like new uniforms. In fact, scientists tell me a new uniform unveiling equates to 18 percent of one on field win. For a new program, a uniform is a tangible sign of progress, a signal that their money and support is creating something that is actually real. With opportunities for on-field victories still a full year away, a uniform is something fans can grab on to in a way that a new blocking sled doesn't provide.

With game one versus East Tennessee State still 371 days away, Kennesaw State unveiled three new uniform options on Thursday:

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Video: Here is Texas' trailer for the season opener

Though he wasn't hired until mid-January, it feels as if Charlie Strong has had the longest wait from hiring day to opening day among all new head coaches. Maybe that's just the nature of the job he accepted. Nevertheless, after what feels like a full calendar year of talking, it's (almost) finally time to play ball. 

"It's the best university, why can't we have the best football team? Why can't that happen? Why can't we be the team that everyone talks about? We have an obligation to get this program back where it needs to be," Strong says.

Here's eight and a half months of culture change in 135 seconds:

Is this the future of football manufacturing technology?

Navy will wear some sweet alternate uniforms on Saturday, but perhaps the most impactful aspect of the Midshipmen's getup will not be what they're wearing, but what they're touching - the football itself

The balls Navy will use against Ohio State will be equipped with a first-of-its-kind tracking technology built into balls produced by leading manufacturer Big Game USA. From the press release: Big Game embeds a gametagTM near the football's laces, using the app, the ball can be tracked from the moment it leaves the factory. Once tracking begins, the history of the ball is recorded and all activity is sent to a secure database operated by Prova.

"Gametag is cutting-edge technology that immediately changes the way game balls are authenticated, while also improving quality control of official college footballs we produce," said Big Game founder Chris Calandro. "We love the idea that the life of our footballs can now be tracked and preserved alongside the history of the game."

The technology will actually debut in Thursday night's Texas A&M at South Carolina game, and will be used throughout the season by Mississippi State and Nebraska in addition to the Aggies and Midshipmen.

"We're excited about the ability to track our game balls with gametag," said Navy assistant athletics director Greg Morgenthaler. "The technology gametag uses is unlike anything we've ever seen."

This technology clearly is more of a godsend for the collector's market. The ability to sell the football Keenan Reynolds threw the game-winning touchdown with to beat No. 6 Ohio State, with definitive proof, should help drive up value. But now Big Game has proven it can implant a microchip into a game-quality football, what's stopping them from using a GPS microchip to take the guesswork out of spotting the ball?

Now that would be a true game-changer.

Photos: Navy will have new uniforms for the Ohio State game

Navy is set to face Ohio State on Saturday in Baltimore but, despite the 30 mile drive from Annapolis, the Midshipmen will apparently be the road team. Navy unveiled these sweet new all-white uniforms on Thursday morning.

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These uniforms are based on the "summer whites" that all Naval Academy cadets wear. More information here:

In their first year with Under Armour, Navy has also seen UA freshen up its standard home and road uniforms. 

Tom Herman: "We don't ask the quarterback to be a rocket surgeon"

It's been over a week now since the news of Braxton Miller missing the 2014 season has hit the presses, and offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Tom Herman has undoubtedly had to answer countless questions on a daily basis about the quarterback situation.

Last night after practice, Herman fielded some more of those questions on the situation, and when asked what the philosophy was for JT Barrett's first college start against Navy on Saturday

"You have to be cognizant of the fact that, not whether he can or can't handle anything, it's the adrenaline and the whole mindset of starting, and he hasn't really played since the middle of his senior year in high school."

"You have to make sure that you keep things as simple as possible for him, but you know, we really don't do a whole lot on offense despite what some people think. We don't ask the quarterback to be a rocket surgeon by any stretch of the imagination, and never have, and never will. Maybe that's why those guys (backups) have played well in our system."

Wait, what was that? I'm curious, what exactly goes into the job description of a "rocket surgeon"? Rocket scientist? Brain surgeon? Hey, let's just combine the two.

"So yes, we'll make a conscious effort to keep things simple, but not a ton less than we already do." Herman went on to explain..

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