Cam Rising Reveals This Year’s Hand Painted Helmet
Oct 27, 2023, 11:37 AM | Updated: 2:13 pm
SALT LAKE CITY – Utah football revealed their annual hand-painted helmet with the help of Cam Rising. This year’s theme is centered around the MUSS celebrating 20-years of existence.
The MUSS stands for the “Might Utah Student-Section”, first put in place by former head coach Urban Meyer after a verse in Utah’s fight song, “Utah Man”:
We’re up to snuff, we never bluff, we’re game for any fuss. No rival band of college fans dare meet us in The Muss.
Breaking out the hand-painted helmets this weekend 😮💨 pic.twitter.com/1d1YpizTT0
— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) October 27, 2023
Since their inception in 2002, the MUSS has been considered one of the better student-sections in the country. In 2004 during Utah’s first undefeated season, they were named a Top 5 student-section by ESPN. NCAA.com recognized the MUSS again in 2014. More recently in 2021, the MUSS was named the best student-section in the country by ESPN.
Details Of Utah Football ‘MUSS Appreciation’ Helmet
Utah’s ‘MUSS Appreciation’ helmets feature some of the unique aspects that make the Utes’ student-section formidable.
Peep that helmet. pic.twitter.com/YtJGkTbFqI
— KSL Sports (@kslsports) October 27, 2023
On the left side of the hand-painted helmets, is the MUSS flag that the student-section raises before every home game. The back of the helmet has the ‘3rd Down Jump” sign that is a prominent and important part of Utah’s student-section culture. Finally, the right side of the helmet features one of the many Utah flags you’ll see scattered throughout Rice-Eccles Stadium on any given Saturday afternoon.
Utah will pair their ‘MUSS Appreciation’ helmets with their red jerseys and red pants.
Utah’s History With Hand-Painted Helmets
Utah is not a flashy team when it comes to their uniforms, but in 2016 they adopted doing an annual hand-painted helmet that is a little different than what they usually wear, but has something to do with the Utes’ culture, brand, and identity.
- 2016- Black Drum and Feather Helmets
- 2017- Red “Throw The U” Helmets
- 2018- Red Tail Hawk Helmets
- 2019- 1966-67 Throwback Helmets
- 2020- put on hold due to Covid-19
- 2021- USS Salt Lake City Helmets
- 2022- 22 Forever Helmets
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