A wardrobe announcement for your Tuesday afternoon: Duke has a new trio of helmets for this season.
David Cutcliffe brought a big, black duffle bag to the front of the room today as he addressed the media at his weekly press conference. Out of the duffle bag came the three helmets pictured above.
Instead of their own numbers, each player will have an "8" on the back in honor of Blair Holliday, the injured WR currently recovering at the Atlanta Sheppard Center, which specializes in brain and spinal injury rehabilitation.
The black matte helmet, with its shiny stripe and black "D" on the sides, and the blue helmet are new additions. Duke opted to debut new black pants and jerseys (with white helmets) in the opening game last year, a 23-21 loss to FCS Richmond.
"Maybe we spent too much energy on the black uniforms last season," Cutcliffe said, referring to the Blue Devils' wardrobe change after warming up in their traditional whites. For that reason, he opted to skip the surprise and have the reveal today instead of Sept. 1, when the Blue Devils take on FIU.
Now, if you're a little doubtful as to whether a change in uniform actually means anything, let me present you with counterevidence A and B, the latter of which brought national attention to a struggling ACC school. Little things like uniforms—in this case, helmets—count.
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