Wild Ducks In fashion-forward neon yellow uniforms, Oregon came on like lightning

September 07, 2003

There was nothing wrong with your television. The uniforms Oregon
wore in a 42-34 win at Mississippi State really were fluorescent
yellow with green trim. No wonder the Ducks raced to a 28-0
first-quarter lead. The Bulldogs must have needed that long for
their pupils to adjust.

The new unis--the color is called lightning--come from Nike,
which supplies apparel to the Ducks and tests products with
Oregon teams. (Nike is headquartered in Beaverton; chairman Phil
Knight is an Oregon alum.) "We're always presenting them with
innovations and ideas," says Todd Van Horne, Nike's creative
director for apparel. "They say yes to some and no to others."

Oregon said yes to yellow and to all-white togs that will be worn
on the road, to go with the Ducks' normal all-green home unis.
The players' reactions to the lightning uniforms--which the Ducks
will don occasionally at home or on the road--have been mixed. "I
probably like them more than a lot of other guys do," safety
Keith Lewis says. "If you keep an open mind, they kind of grow on
you." --Phil Taylor

COLOR PHOTO: CHARLES SMITH/AP (DUCKS) FLASHY Steven Moore and mates turned heads.