OSU football: Wes Edwards is the man behind 48 uniform combinations

Cowboys' equipment manager would like to see football team wear orange helmets soon.
by Gina Mizell Published: August 3, 2012
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photo - OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY / OSU / COLLEGE FOOTBALL / EQUIPMENT COORDINATOR: Nathan Sorenson is fitted for shoulder pads by Wes Edwards in The Oklahoma State equipment room in Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma July 28 , 2010. Photo by Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY / OSU / COLLEGE FOOTBALL / EQUIPMENT COORDINATOR: Nathan Sorenson is fitted for shoulder pads by Wes Edwards in The Oklahoma State equipment room in Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma July 28 , 2010. Photo by Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

“First of all, people have a lot of time on their hands with Photoshop. That's my first thought. Because believe me, if we had an orange helmet, we probably would have broken it out for Homecoming first. I've got 12 student managers, two full-time assistants, a truck driver and all kinds of people that are in and out of this equipment room, so it's real hard to keep a secret. But if we had orange helmets last year, we would have worn of them. It would have been a waste of money to get them and not wear them.”

What was your favorite look from last season?

“My favorite is the all white. I don't know why. I think it's a nice, clean look, and if we're not playing on grass, it stays really clean.”

Is it fair to say Brandon Weeden was the head of the uniform-picking crew last season?

“Yes, Brandon was absolutely the brain trust in that group. There were a few others that had input, but when it came down to it, it was usually the quarterback that decided that. And I think he did a pretty good job.”

Will you have any rules about repeating or not repeating any combinations from last season?

“We won't do the, ‘We wore this and we won, so we need to wear it again.' We won't do a lot of that. We'll try not to repeat some options, but some options look so good that you want to put it out there again. Hopefully, at least half of the stuff we wear is new, as far as something we haven't seen before. But we'll see what the guys decide.”

Is there a goal to eventually wear all 48 combinations? I'm sure there are some that don't look good.

“Exactly. That's what I've told a lot of people — 48 is 48, but it doesn't mean they all look good. So hopefully we don't see them all, but you never know. We'll let those players sit down and come up with some, and we'll help steer them. If we don't, as an equipment staff, like the look, then we'll probably try to steer them to something else. I don't know that we'll ever see all 48. And who knows? That would take four seasons to get through. Who knows what options might change between now and then, anyway?”

by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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