When South Carolina opens preseason football practice Friday night, they will be outfitted in Guardian Caps. The padded shells, made of polyurethane fabric, are designed to fit over helmets and reduce impacts to the head.

There’s controversy whether the caps violate helmet certification standards. But South Carolina tried them on linemen in the spring, liked them and is going with them team-wide for practice, said athletic trainer Clint Haggard.

“I’ve talked to our team physicians and discussed all that stuff, and I’ve talked to a bunch of people around the country,” said Haggard. “And we’re still going to use them. … It seems like it will help.”

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Spurrier took a new posture about four or five years ago whereas he is all about keeping them healthy during the summer and then cutting them loose to wreak havoc come September. Seems to be working as his preseason injuries have been reduced by a ton. More importantly, it's probably psychological - the players probably really appreciate it - like the NBC cares about them. Builds loyalty. The HBS is always willing to modernize his way of thinking.
Reply39 months
What's next, bubble wrap?
Reply39 months
It's like the one kid who wears his helmet when biking around the neighborhood. Sure he's safer, but he also looks like a giant dork.
Reply39 months
If that fabric ever catches on anything, look out!
Reply39 months
Cuts down on the chance of concussion. Not so sure it's gonna do much for heat related issues during practice though. Looks like it'll impede the airflow through the helmet. So, how would you like your brains today? Scrambled or fried?
Reply39 months
Looks like a hit would hurt more with that thing on it.
Reply39 months
Smart move. No sense getting hurt in practice.
Reply39 months
Hmm if they work, great.

But they look dumb.
Reply39 months
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