Photo: Does this D-II program have the best new helmet of 2014?

Stillman College (D-II - AL) is getting my vote as the top new helmet of the 2014 season with this gem.

How has it taken a team with a Tiger as its mascot this long to take something as sweet and iconic as LSU's midfield logo midfield logo and tweak it to use for their helmet?

I really, really like this one. Well done Stillman and head coach Teddy Keaton.


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Changing the look of your helmet is easier and more affordable than you think


Tarleton State (D-II - TX) head coach Cary Fowler has led his team through August training camp in the hot Texas summer heat for a few seasons now, and wearing purple helmets with a large block black "T" on them wasn't doing any favors for his guys. When coach Fowler saw Game Day Skinz, a company started by Hal Mumme, he saw an affordable product that made practice safer for his team. 

Game Day Skinz is a helmet skin that seamlessly applies to your helmet and is aimed at helping with heat exhaustion and to protect the helmets themselves during two-a-days. We hear there are studies out there that say white helmets keep the internal temperature in the helmet 5-10 degrees cooler than dark helmets when outside in 90 degree heat. 

Fowler bought pure white skins and (with the help of the Game Day Skinz staff) applied them on top of Tarleton's dark purple traditional helmets. At the end of camp, the covering simply peels off, and Fowler and the program are right back to the traditional purple look without breaking a sweat.

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Protecting the helmets during August camp and keeping the players cooler at the same time is not only smart use; but think of the other applications you could use this for. Have a homecoming or special occasion game planned? Game Day Skinz can help you with that; and without having to go through the pain of ordering brand new helmets, you can completely change your look at a very reasonable price.

We understand that the average cost per skin is around $45. So for an investment of less than $5,000 your guys could storm the field with a new look on game day, or simply keep your players safer during camp by lowering the internal temperature of the helmet. Will be interesting to see which teams use Game Day Skinz this season. 

Three and Out: This is your fault, Boise State, so much for the NFL being "King", and an excellent sign at LSU

Zach: I place 100 percent of the blame for this on Boise State University's football program:

Doug: Projections are educated guesses, but if this projection is true, it's the most impressive thing I've seen all week. So much for the NFL being "King".

Scott: This sign in the LSU running backs room is pretty, yeah, well, yeah...

ESPN anchor John Anderson dishes some advice to the Mizzou team

Gary Pinkel introduced ESPN anchor, and Mizzou alumnus, John Anderson to the team after practice earlier to share some life lessons with the guys.

Since Anderson ran track at Missouri, he immediately had something in common with the guys and was able to share some valuable (and humorous) perspective for them to keep in mind as their playing days continue, and eventually draw to a close as they enter the "real world".

Here's the advice he shared, courtesy of his old track coach:

- "The more you can do, the more you can do. Whatever your coaches ask you to do, do it...and then if they ask you to do something off the wall go and do it. That's great. It'll be the same way when you leave here."
- "Don't leave it on the bus. You guys don't play for two weeks and two days, so take this speech of mine and parcel it out over the next sixteen days so you're still fired up when you go out and play, because nothing keeps that long.
- "The last thing, and I never knew what this really meant, is my old coach used to tell me to 'be loose as a goose, and twice as shifty'. I didn't know what that meant, and I tried to do it everyday, but until I saw you SOB's twerking yesterday, I didn't know what that meant. But I think I do now."

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