Brent Yarina, Senior Editor, December 19, 2011

The Minnesota football team will have a different look for the 2012 season. The Gophers unveiled new helmets Monday and also will release new uniforms, designed by Nike, in mid-January, according to's story. Minnesota will debut the new digs in its 2012 season opener, Sept. 1 at UNLV. See a picture of the front of the new helmet here, a picture of the back of the new helmet here and a picture of the side of the new helmet here. Or view the complete gallery, courtesy of

Minnesota's New Helmet

Looking good. The matted helmet is becoming more and more popular, and it's a solid look here. My favorite part of the new lids is the addition of the players' number. I'm always a fan of it, whether it's on the back, a la Iowa, or on the sides, a la Alabama. Here, it's on the back right of the helmet, and it's pretty subtle. As for the addition of black facemasks and chinstraps, while it's not a school color, it looks sharp.

Basically, Minnesota did a good job of modernizing its current look and style, and that's important to retain tradition and build a brand. As director of equipment operations Kyle Gergely said in the release: ?With the black accents and the textured finish, it?s a modern twist on an old-school look.?

Check out what the Gophers think about the new lids in this Gopher Sports YouTube video:

Here's more detail about the helmets from

"Minnesota?s new helmets feature a textured maroon finish, the Gophers? traditional Block M helmet decal, black facemasks, black chinstraps, a Block M above the facemask, each player?s uniform number on the back of the helmet and the traditional Minnesota cheer ?Ski-U-Mah? on the back of the helmet."

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