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The New Gopher Football Helmets: Pictures and Video

12/19/2011, 12:20pm CST
By U of M Athletic Communications

The University of Minnesota football team will have a new look when it takes the field for the 2012 season-opener Sept. 1 at UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium. The Gophers will be wearing newly-designed uniforms by Nike.

Those uniforms will be unveiled during an event at TCF Bank Stadium in mid-January. However, the new-look helmets that will go with the Gophers’ new uniforms are being introduced today, Dec. 19.

Minnesota’s new helmets feature a textured maroon finish, the Gophers’ traditional Block M helmet decal, black facemasks, black chinstraps, a Block M above the facemask, each player’s uniform number on the back of the helmet and the traditional Minnesota cheer “Ski-U-Mah” on the back of the helmet.

“The reaction from our players and the recruits who have seen the new helmet has been very positive,” director of equipment operations Kyle Gergely said. “With the black accents and the textured finish, it’s a modern twist on an old-school look.”

The equipment staff worked closely with Nike to come up with all the design elements.

“Josh Iverson with Nike did a great job working with our color scheme and researching our past history to come up with the design details for the new helmet and uniforms,” Gergely added.

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