STILLWATER – Johnny Wilson thinks there’s something fishy going on in the equipment room.
On Monday, Oklahoma State announced via Twitter it would wear throwback uniforms for its homecoming celebration. The jerseys would recognize Barry Sanders and his 1988 Heisman Trophy season.
Some players didn’t see the jerseys until Tuesday, including Wilson, but he doesn’t quite think those will be the ones that OSU will wear come Saturday.
“You never get to see the uniforms until the day of anyways,” Wilson said. “When I saw them early, I was like, ‘Are you sure we’re going to wear these? Are they gonna be something different?’
“I’m betting that something is different. It’s not those exact ones. There’s no way. I doubt it’s going to be the exact same ones they put on Twitter and stuff.”
Wilson said he won’t let anyone forget if OSU decides to switch something about the uniforms by kickoff.
The throwback jersey features a white helmet with a bubble OSU logo and large numbers on the back. The orange jersey has Oklahoma State emblazoned on the front with a Barry Sanders patch on the right shoulder. The pants are white with an orange stripe sliding down each side.
With the antics OSU coach Mike Gundy has performed during his weekly news conferences, it was surprising he didn’t come in wearing one of them.
Sanders and the War Pigs, his offensive line during that season, will serve as grand marshals for homecoming. Gundy was the quarterback that season.
Current quarterback Taylor Cornelius didn’t see much of the special jerseys, but he expressed interest in donning them.
“I like ’em,” Cornelius said. “I heard the number was big on the back of the helmet. I just saw a small picture, but they’re cool.”
Wide receiver Tylan Wallace agreed with Wilson, saying he wasn’t sure why everything would be a secret until this week. He said he wouldn’t be surprised if something changed before gameday.
OSU has worn special throwback helmets during previous homecomings, but the complete combo this season is one of OSU’s best looks. Defensive tackle Enoch Smith saw the uniforms shortly after they were released.
“They’re pretty dope,” Smith said. “I looked at them, I was like, ‘Woah.’ It’s pretty neat.”
OSU will need a Sanders-esque effort from its offense against a stout Texas defense on Saturday. The No. 6 Longhorns haven’t lost since their season opener.
But for this week, Gundy is happy OSU has started to make its football history important. The jerseys are another step in building tradition. He is excited to see the product under the lights on Saturday
“I thought it was pretty cool,” Gundy said. “They put a lot of work into it. I didn’t think they showed enough of me in the (promo) video, but other than that, they did good.”
DETAILS TO KNOW
What: No. 6 Texas (6-1, 4-0) at Oklahoma State (4-3, 1-3)
Where: Boone Pickens Stadium (Stillwater, Oklahoma)
When: 7:00 p.m. CT Saturday
TV: ABC (Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor)
Radio: 96.1 KXY, Cowboy Radio Network (Dave Hunziker, John Holcomb and Robert Allen)