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Maryland’s new uniforms are a toned down version of 2011

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For the second consecutive season, Maryland is introducing new uniforms and this year, it's going with a subdued look.

Or as subdued as Maryland can get.

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Last August, Maryland introduced what many claimed to be the ugliest uniforms in college football history. They were designed to match Maryland's state flag and combined red, yellow, black and white in a mixture that could give people seizures if they stared too long.

This year, the Terrapins are still reppin' their state colors, it's just not in your face as much as it was a year ago. The uniforms are tradition red and white with a small yellow and black checkered stripe. The helmets still feature the state flag, but it's only a portion of the helmet instead of the whole thing.

Oh, and the best upgrade (at least from a player standpoint) - the names have returned to the back of the jerseys.

"We thought, 'Oh cool, parents can see names," Maryland defensive end Joe Vellano told beat reporter Gene Wang.

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Last year, Edsall was against having names on the back of the jersey because he thought it didn't promote team unity.

"I am not a name-on-the-back-of-the-jersey guy," Edsall said. "To me, it's all about the name on the front. It's all about Maryland. To me, it's about being a team and let's just worry about being Maryland and taking care of business that way. It's a team sport we are playing. It is not an individual sport."

Unfortunately, for Edsall the Terps went 2-10 and while the jersey probably weren't to blame perhaps putting the names on the back is a way of trying to reverse some karma.

At the very least, this year's uniforms won't cause colorblindness or become camouflage when players reach the end zone of their home stadium.

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