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Students at the University got a special sneak preview into the future of University athletics at convocation on Sept. 26.
Vic Shealy, head football coach, and junior defensive tackle Alex Solorio unveiled the helmet that the school’s football team will wear next fall when they take the field for the first college football game in the University’s history. The attendees were the very first to get a glimpse of the University’s new football logo.
The University’s athletic director, Steve Moniaci, said that the design process, which first began last January, considered several alternate options other than the predominantly white helmet.
“We looked at orange helmets and blue colored helmets as well, but after everything we decided that
the primarily white helmet was the best look for our program,” said Moniaci.
Shealy, President Robert B. Sloan Jr., Russ Reneau, director of media relations, and Moniaci all had direct involvement in the development and design of the University’s inaugural football helmet logo.
“We wanted to develop a helmet that has a traditional, classic college football look to it,” Shealy said. “We wanted a design that makes our program look like we have a long standing, successful tradition, something the student body here can get excited about and something that we can build our program upon.”
Having a logo to symbolize the football team will be an effective way to connect the program with the student body.
“Seeing the helmet made the whole idea of having a football team much more real,” junior Kate Maddock said. “I’m excited to watch them play next year.”
Shealy said that as the Huskies’ inaugural season draws closer, there will be more opportunities for the student body to get involved with the football program, creating a buzz around campus for University athletics.
Solorio, a Houston native, was the football player selected to unveil the helmet to the student body. Shealy said he chose Solorio because of his strong leadership, character and involvement in not only the football program but also in student life on campus.
“It was an honor and a humbling experience to be chosen to reveal our new helmet to the students,” said Solorio, who had a stomach full of butterflies on stage just before revealing the helmet. “These first few weeks of practice have been pretty rigorous; it’s been a lot of hard work. I think it helped us gain chemistry as a team and a brotherhood, and with our new helmet it’s nice to have an identity we can represent now.”
The football team will not lace up their cleats for an actual game until the fall 2013 exhibition season.
Solorio said that the new helmet helps the team have an identity and something tangible to look forward to and work towards for the first game.