Friday, November 4, 2011

NCAA Football Helmets Popping Off!

By Al Diaz
Last year I posted a photo gallery on of NCAA football helmets popping off during games the last couple of seasons. In the past it was rare for me to capture these flying projectiles in a photograph. Either I'm getting good at shooting these moments or there's just a lot more of it. I think the later.

USA Today's Kelly Whiteside writes about the current phenomenon of helmets popping off at an alarming rate in college football.
Plenty of attention has been focused this college football season on alternate uniforms (see Maryland, Georgia, Boise State and countless others). But really attracting notice, at least from referees, are helmets that are popping off with stunning regularity.

There's been anecdotal evidence about a growing number of helmets hitting the ground the previous two seasons. As a result, the NCAA Football Rules Committee discussed the issue in February and decided to count the number of occurrences. During games, the back judge is responsible for tallying the times when a player loses a helmet. Read More...


  1. Most of the time I see players who don't snap all their chin straps completely. With usually one hanging unsnapped. I bet that makes a big difference.

    The photo you have posted of the Miami player appears to be having his helmet ripped off, something totally different than just popping off.

  2. Yes that's the theory I hear, loose chin straps but why does it seem to be getting worse every year. You are right about Jacory but it should not come off that easily. The Bama Gator pix is definitely a pop. See more pops at
    Thanks for the comments.