New duds for the Diggers

And you though Pat Hansen was hard to get a hold of last year when he ran for 1,400 yards.

The sophomore Montana Tech running back was looking as hard to tackle as ever Friday afternoon as Montana Tech held its annual Media Day on the school campus.

Hansen and the Orediggers took the opportunity to unveil their new look.

Tech’s new home uniforms have plain white pants and tight elastic-like green jerseys. The road uniforms have green pants and tight white jerseys. The Orediggers also have new green helmets with Tech’s white intertwined MT logo.

The most noticeable feature of the new uniforms is how tight they were on the players, who didn’t have any pads on underneath as they posed for team pictures and media interviews.

“I feel violated,” one player joked.

Other players talked about the holding-proof jerseys. Hansen talked about their effectiveness.

“There’s nothing to grab on to,” the Ekalaka native said. “Hopefully I’ll be slippery though the line.”

Overall, the players gave the new uniforms an enthusiastic thumbs up.

“They feel good,” linebacker Joe Semansky said. “They’re light and breathable.”

Safety Nathan Kobold said the uniforms make him feel more flexible, giving him more range of motion.

He also liked the new look.

“These things are fresh, man,” Kobold said. “They’re nice.”

The Orediggers will play their “Rock Pile” scrimmage at 6 p.m. Saturday at Alumni Coliseum. The practice game features a Touchdown Club barbecue.

The Orediggers will be wearing their practice jerseys for the practice game, so Tech fans will have to wait until the Sept. 1 opener against Eastern Oregon to see the new-look Orediggers.