White helmets to make a comeback

Stockstill introduces two versions

August 22, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO - For the first time since 1978 (same year Sony introduced the Walkman), Middle Tennessee will don white helmets during a couple of games in 2013. The Blue Raiders now have three different helmets with the primary silver, black, and now white to help form 36 different uniform combinations.

"We introduced the black matte helmet last year and decided to bring the white back for this season," said Head Coach Rick Stockstill. "We may have another one next year, but we will wait and see. We like having a new look and the different combinations."

There are two variations of the white helmet. The primary has two blue stripes down the center and the MT logo on each side, while the secondary option has an American flag inside the MT logo. The secondary option will be worn on Nov. 9 for the Salute to Armed Services/Veterans game.

The Blue Raiders wore the new white helmets during Thursday's practice in order to break them in before the season gets underway.

"It's important for all the guys to wear them a couple times so if any adjustments need to be made we can handle them before game time," said Kortne Gosha, equipment manager.

The Blue Raiders had a white helmet from 1960 through 1968 before using a blue helmet in 1969. Middle Tennessee went back to a white helmet in 1970 and remained in white through 1974. From 1975-77, the Blue Raiders used a blue helmet before returning to white the slanted MTSU logo on the side in 1978.

Former coach Boots Donnelly was hired in 1979 and introduced the silver helmet with the MT logo for the first time. The silver remains as the primary helmet for Blue Raider football.

Middle Tennessee will open the 2013 season on Thursday, August 29 at Floyd Stadium against Western Carolina. Kickoff is set for 6:30 PM.

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