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Rebels will have new football helmets for 2012 season

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The Rebels have new football helmets for the 2012 season. Changes include a stripe down the middle, a different color scheme on the block “UNLV” lettering and a darker overall color.

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A front view of UNLV's 2012 football helmet.

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A rear view of UNLV's 2012 football helmet.

Rebels Helmets through the Years

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UNLV football coach Bobby Hauck wants this year to be better for the Rebels. On Monday he guaranteed this year’s team will at least look different from the teams that won just two games each of the past two seasons.

UNLV has new helmets for the 2012 season. The design is similar to recent models, which have gone with block “UNLV” lettering on top of a silver helmet, but there are several changes.

The most notable difference this year is a scarlet-and-white racing stripe down the middle. The Rebels had a stripe on their first football helmets in 1968 — then it was a big scarlet stripe bracketed by white ones — but it’s been absent since 1989.

Other differences include the lettering, which is the same font as recent years but has a different color scheme. From 1994 to 2004, the Rebels had helmets with scarlet lettering outlined in white, and from 2005 to 2011 it was scarlet outlined in black. This year the block lettering will be white outlined in scarlet, matching the stripe down the middle.

The Rebels haven’t had “UNLV” in white on their helmets since they went with a script font in 1981.

The gray facemask is a throwback to the 1970s, when that look was a fixture on many variations of the Rebels’ helmets. Also, the gray both on the facemask and helmet is darker than the shades used in recent years.

Whether this season ges better for the Rebels remains to be seen, but Hauck already has ensured 2012 will be different.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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  1. In my opinion I think the uniform needed changed more than the helmet. During the glory days of the 1970's and early 80's we wore red helmets. Maybe bring back a retro jersey?

  2. The helmet will not change the players ability. Jim Thorpe wore a leather one! Go Rebels!!!

  3. How about some new uniforms. UNLV has to have the least intimidating and most ridiculous uniform in the MW conference. The new helmet is a start. Invest some money and get some new uniforms, which are so desperately needed. UNLV's recent football woes can't be blamed on the uniform, but if your going to lose at least look good. To whom and where can I send a uniform catalog? Forget the retro look, move forward not backwards. Good Luck Rebels...

  4. I like them

  5. Helmets don't win games....get us a new coach.