The Michigan State Nike Combat Uniform worn during the fourth straight victory over rival Michigan
The Michigan State Nike Combat Uniform worn during the fourth straight victory over rival Michigan
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Nike Pro Combat Uniforms worn during the fourth straight victory over rival Michigan.

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Helmet

Linebacker Denicos Allen tackles Michigan quaterback Denard Robinson wearing the 2011 Pro Combat helmet
Linebacker Denicos Allen tackles Michigan quaterback Denard Robinson wearing the 2011 Pro Combat helmet

Jersey

Defensive end Marcus Rush celebrates a tackle wearing the 2011 Pro Combat jersey
Defensive end Marcus Rush celebrates a tackle wearing the 2011 Pro Combat jersey

Pants

Pants from the 2011 Michigan State Nike Pro Combat Uniform
Pants from the 2011 Michigan State Nike Pro Combat Uniform

Gloves

Gloves from the 2011 Michigan State Nike Pro Combat Uniform
Gloves from the 2011 Michigan State Nike Pro Combat Uniform

Shoes

Shoes from the 2011 Michigan State Nike Pro Combat Uniform
Shoes from the 2011 Michigan State Nike Pro Combat Uniform

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History

On April 4, two members of the Michigan State football team started a Twitter campaign. Both Jerel Worthy and Bennie Fowler tweeted: RETWEET if you think the michigan game this season should be a night game. With the spartans wearing all new uniforms!!!! @MSUAD. Later that day, Kasra Dabiran started a Facebook group called: MSU Fans in Favor of Night Game + Black Jerseys vs. Michigan, which gained over 4,400 fans.

On July 24, the athletic department announced that Michigan State will be wearing the Pro Combat Uniforms against Michigan on October 15.

On July 26, the Detroit Free Press confirmed that the Pro Combat Uniforms were a player-led request: "The student-athletes that are currently playing asked Coach D for it," said Mark Hollis, athletic director at Michigan State University. "Coach D went to Nike. They didn't come to us. They've designed a heck of a uniform that's representative of Michigan State history. At the same time, is very futuristic looking. ... It's a stunning piece of apparel."

On July 29, Joe Rexrode reported that the idea of Michigan State wearing the Pro Combat Uniforms came from Will Gholston, who asked head coach Mark Dantonio during the offseason if he could get them for the team. Dantonio visited Nike in February and Nike agreed to provide the Michigan State Football team with Pro Combat Uniforms for the rivalry game against Michigan.

On September 13, Nike unveiled the design of the Michigan State Pro Combat Uniforms via its Facebook page.

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