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EUGENE, Ore. -- Nike took the green and yellow of the Ducks and painted them black -- with feathers.
The new set of uniforms unveiled Saturday against Arizona feature silvery wings on the shoulders. The all-black uniforms bring to four the complete sets of uniforms available to the Ducks, according to the KVAL Sports department's count.
"That's the cool thing about being at Oregon," said Nick Reed, a senior defensive end, "you get to change uniforms all the time."
Let the eggheads compute how many possible combinations of helmets, jerseys and pants the Ducks have at their disposal, whether they're nesting at Autzen or taking flight for an away game.
But about those feathers ...
"What are the wings for? Well, we're Ducks," said Jaison Williams, a senior wide receiver. "I think it's a great way to portray our mascot and who we are. It's kind of symbolic of how we play: We like to fly around the field."
"I wish we could have some white ones like that, but beggars can't be choosers," said Jeremiah Johnson, a senior tailback. "When I first walked in the locker room, I thought, wow, these are nice jerseys. I hope they throw away these old ones -- so that I can have them!"
The new uniforms attracted the attention of fans and the media. Here's what rolled across The Associated Press wire on Wednesday:
It's a bye week for the Ducks, and that brings one certainty: Oregon can't unveil a new uniform.
Last Saturday the Ducks showed off their new black "Lights Out" unis with a flourish, changing out of dark green after warmups before charging onto the field in all black for the game against Arizona.
The Nike uniforms feature stylized silver "wings" on the shoulders, and a matte blackish-green helmet.
Oregon has become famous — or infamous, depending on how you look at it — for its revolving uniforms. It's a benefit of having Nike co-founder Phil Knight as your team's biggest booster.
Who can forget when Oregon unleashed its neon yellow uniforms and the Ducks were dubbed "The Human Highlighters?"
Quite a few pundits have chastised the Ducks for pilfering a color used by a certain team just north of Eugene.
Blogging for Oregonlive.com, Oregonian reporter Paul Buker wrote: "My take: maybe if the Ducks throw in orange socks, or orange piping on those black jerseys, they will actually PLAY like the guys in orange and black and win a big game in November."
But there's one more thing to ponder: There are reports that Oregon will have a complete uniform redesign in 2010.