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The uniforms, which the Irish will wear against Miami at Chicago’s Soldier Field on Oct. 6, have the classic blue jersey with gold numbers in a Celtic font and gold pants with a blue stripe. The helmet will catch most people’s attention as one side is sparkling gold and the other is navy blue with a white leprechaun logo.
Athletic director Jack Swarbrick said the Irish will modify their uniforms for every Shamrock Series game, and linebacker Manti Te’o said he likes this year’s uniform.
“I love them,” said Te’o, who modeled the uniform with Bishop Dwenger graduate Tyler Eifert on Thursday. “If you look good, you feel good. You feel good, you play good.”
Nose guard Kona Schwenke cracked a bone in his knuckle on his right hand, but Kelly said the junior is able to play in a cast.
Safety Jamoris Slaughter is dealing with a heel injury that kept out of contact drills, but the senior will be able to play in the Sept. 1 opener, Kelly said. Slaughter’s absence elevated sophomore Matthias Farley to first-team duty.
Kelly also cleared up the situation with linebacker Danny Spond, who has been absent from practice for a week.
Spond is being treated for a migraine, but there is no timetable set for his return.
“We’re still a work in progress there,” Kelly said.