Georgia Tech might be featuring a new set of helmets when the Yellow Jackets play Virginia Tech on Monday night. Even though the school hasn't officially announced the new design, pictures have made their way to Twitter.
Ken Sugiura of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution talked with a Georgia Tech spokesperson who would only confirm that the team has been testing a helmet in practice for potential use, but didn't say when, or even if, it would be used this season.
Let's break down the design, which represents a pretty major change from the team's usual headgear, a plain gold helmet with basic lettering.
Wow Factor: 6 of 10
At first glance, the helmet doesn't jump off the page. Since there aren't any crazy color combinations or wacky designs like many of those put out by schools in recent years, it takes a little bit of time to dissect.
If the Yellow Jackets do wear these on Monday night, it will be interesting to see how well they show up on television. It seems like a somewhat faint design, which might not translate well for viewers at home, especially on camera shots from a distance.
That said, that Georgia Tech might break out a new helmet is a wow factor in itself. And because it was kept under wraps until so close to the opener, there's more excitement as well.
What do you think of the new design?
Design: 8 of 10
Once you get past the initial reaction and actually take a harder look at the helmet, it's actually pretty cool. The honeycomb design is unique, yet not over the top just for the sake of being different—unlike other designs college football fans have seen.
The gold stripe down the middle of the helmet keeps a little bit of the tradition alive, while the dark face mask provides great contrast.
It's these little things that help make it a design fans should be happy with when they finally see it paired with the uniform.
Overall Grade: 7 of 10
All told, it's hard not to like the design. While some people might have preferred a more comprehensive style, sometimes keeping things low key actually works out better in the long run. That should be the case here.
With so many teams breaking out new uniforms, helmets and accessories, the Georgia Tech helmet will probably get lost in the shuffle, but it would be a nice addition to the rotation.
Now fans just have to sit back and see if the Yellow Jackets decide to debut them on Monday.