2013-05-17 / Sports

Recruits get first look at new football helmet

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The Limestone Saints’ flashy new helmets features the school’s Flying Fleur on both sides.The Limestone Saints’ flashy new helmets features the school’s Flying Fleur on both sides.

The Limestone College football team will take to the gridiron in 2014 with one of the most unique and stylish helmets in all of college football.

Head Coach Bobby James and the Saints unveiled the program’s first ever helmet design at a recent event on campus welcoming the team’s inaugural recruiting class.

“These days, how you look is extremely important,” James said. “The custom design and the custom facemask were both decisions made by our staff to field the most unique helmet in NCAA Division II football. We feel our design is one of a kind and people will instantly identify it as Limestone College football when they see it.”

When the Saints rush the field for the program’s first ever game against Wingate University on September 6, 2014, the team will be wearing the Schutt Vengeance DCT with a stylish blue carbon fiber design.

The helmet will feature Limestone’s Flying Fleur on both sides of the helmet, with each mark moving forward.

The most unique aspect of the helmet, however, and one that will set it apart from any other in college football, is the chrome facemask.

“The chrome facemask is extremely unique,” said James. “Not many schools at any level of collegiate football can boast such a distinctive facemask.”

While style played an important factor in the design, safety was the key ingredient in deciding on the brand name of the helmet. The Schutt Vengeance DCT, which stands for Dual Compression Technology, has received the highest ratings from independent agencies for safety.

The helmet features fourth generation TPU Cushioning that is specifically designed to absorb both high-velocity and low-velocity impacts.

“When we were looking at helmets, we wanted to make sure our student-athletes were outfitted with the safest helmet out there,” concluded James. “Safety of the players is our top priority, so after extensive research we decided on the Schutt Vengeance because of its overall ratings.”

Limestone will open camp on August 13, 2013 but will use the upcoming year as a redshirt season as the over 100 student-athletes prepare for their first experiences in collegiate football.

The Saints will then kick off an 11-game slate in their inaugural season with the home game against Wingate University on September 6, 2014.

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