Staying on top of equipment trends

I spoke earlier this week with Ole Miss equipment manager Ken Crain.

He and his staff have to stay on top or trends in football equipment, especially helmets.

“Every time you turn around there are changes with those things. A new helmet comes out that’s lighter and is supposed to sustain more blows. You have to keep up with those things,” he said.

When those advances take place Ole Miss equipment and medical staff review new products and make sure what they purchase is the most advanced and functional product for their needs.

New helmets typically go for about $350 to $400 a piece. That includes just the standard issue facemask and is before other modifications like decals, chin straps, etc.

Helmets are re-conditioned each year.

While safety is the No. 1 priority sometimes helmets are just about fun. Players really liked wearing the baby blue helmets against Memphis last year.

“They really like that stuff. I came out early to see what people were saying. You could hear people in the stands saying, ‘They got on baby blues, they got on baby blues!’ The players really liked it. That was a success.”

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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