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It's a new look for Utah football. And it's been met with early rave reviews.
It's white. White helmets, to be exact.
The new dome-toppers feature a red stripe down the middle and the circle-and-feather logo on either side.
The Utah coaching staff introduced the helmet to the team during a meeting, which was captured in a Utah athletics video. Senior defensive end Nate Orchard strolls into the room with a white jersey and pants and a red helmet. Coach Kyle Whittingham offers him an alternative topper for his look.
Hell breaks loose.
The last time Utah had a white helmet, according to the program, was in the 1960s. One of my Twitter followers, @BradenShamo, drilled down a more precise era from 1968-1973.
The white helmet got a thumbs up from the players, but what about fans? Here's a quick look at the Twitter reaction:
Already more than 140 retweets and favorites on that one.
You can also read the responses to my tweet asking what Utah fans thought by clicking here. Some mixed reaction with how the helmet matches the jerseys, but mostly positive.
In the video by the 1:01 mark, you can just barely hear Whittingham ask Orchard, "You wearing those for Michigan? We've got one more thing for that." The Utes play Michigan on Sept. 20 at 1:30 p.m. MT on a game televised on ABC regional and ESPN2. While Utah has not yet confirmed that's the official date of the white helmet debut, it would certainly make a lot of sense.
The U. has not announced if there will be a designated home "Whiteout" game. We'll let you know as more information becomes available.
Kyle Goonkgoon@sltrib.comTwitter: @kylegoon