Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Arizona to debut copper alternate helmets during game against Oregon St.

If you were anxiously waiting for Arizona to debut the Wildcats' much talked-about copper helmets then wait no further. Wildcat head football coach Rich Rodriguez has announced that the helmets will make their game debut this Saturday for the Wildcats' first Pac-12 home game against Oregon State.

"It is our first Pac-12 home game this year, so we're going to break out the copper helmets," Rodriguez said, referring to Saturday's game against Oregon State (7 p.m., Arizona Stadium).
"Copper is not going to replace our school colors or anything, but I think it is a tribute to the mining industry in our state."
While most of RichRod's players were enamored with the shiny new helmets, center Kyle Quinn was a little more reserved about the new headgear, noting  that "With linemen, they get torn up anyway." Though he does admit that he likes the reasons for why the helmets were created.

"Being a history major, I know the importance of what copper is to the state and how important the mining industry is," Quinn said. "So it's going to be great to represent that and go out and play a great game on Saturday."

It's nice to know that at least one player gets that the helmets are supposed to be more than just your average alternate protective headgear.