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Clemson QBs will wear football helmets with built-in cameras

Photo: Clemson Athletics (Instagram)

How many times has a coach asked his quarterback as he returns to the sideline “What are you seeing out there?” or “Did you see this guy wide open?” Now he may be able to answer those questions himself.

We all love those GoPro cameras that skateboarders and snowboarders have been using more and more, right? They capture a unique vantage point for action shots like no other camera could do before, and they have been starting to mix in to the world of football in recent years as well. As the technology advances, so will the usefulness as well. Take these latest Clemson football helmets for example.

Clemson quarterbacks will be experimenting with football helmets with a built-in camera right at the center of the front of the helmet. You can imagine the usefulness this will have in film breakdowns. Coaches will actually be able to see exactly what the quarterback is seeing straight ahead. Wherever the quarterback’s head moves, the camera will see it. This is taking film work to the next level, and it will not take long for this to start spreading to other programs, especially if Clemson builds any sort of advantage in quarterback play.

According to Clemson’s equipment staff Instagram account, the helmets were developed by Schutt, a longtime football helmet manufacturer. It is part of the company’s Schutt Vision, which will be used in the Arena Football League during the 2014 season. The press release by the AFL also features an image of what could be a Michigan helmet with the built-in camera as well. According to Schutt Vision’s Twitter account, LSU will be receiving their helmets on Monday.

It is not known at this time if these cameras will be used in games this fall, or perhaps if they would even be legal (you never know), but they can certainly make use of them in practices.

Photo credit: Clemson Athletics (via Instagram)

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12 Responses to “Clemson QBs will wear football helmets with built-in cameras”
  1. hor2012 says: Mar 7, 2014 5:25 PM

    WOW, now that’s awsome

  2. blacknole08 says: Mar 7, 2014 5:32 PM

    Cool. It will be awesome to see a close up of the QB getting sacked at Doak Campbell this season.

  3. shaunodame says: Mar 7, 2014 5:34 PM

    Notre Dame did this a few springs ago with their QBs. It really is an awesome idea. As a coach, you always try to “get in the Quarterbacks head. And see what he’s seeing”. Now you legitimately can. Technology at its finest.

  4. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 7, 2014 5:37 PM

    Can’t lie to the coach anymore about what you’re seeing out there….

    How awesome would it be too if the QB feed was on the big screen…. Would be like playing a live video game….

  5. goodfieldnohit says: Mar 7, 2014 6:03 PM

    I would have loved to see the world through Johnny Manziel’s eyes during his games.

  6. floridacock says: Mar 7, 2014 7:32 PM

    Cool! We can get many closeups of the grass if they are the Clempson QB

  7. classyjacklambert says: Mar 7, 2014 8:08 PM

    Or we could get video evidence of a shooting or a rape if a Noles QB wears one!

    Nm you aren’t even relevant.

  8. blacknole08 says: Mar 7, 2014 8:31 PM

    classyjacklambert says: Mar 7, 2014 8:08 PM

    Or we could get video evidence of a shooting or a rape if a Noles QB wears one!


    Actually, a shooting and a rape occured at Death Valley last year by a Noles QB. There were no survivors.

  9. classyjacklambert says: Mar 7, 2014 8:49 PM

    Ha that was pretty good.

  10. Professor Fate says: Mar 7, 2014 11:50 PM

    These aren’t so the coach can see what the QB sees on the field, they’ll be issued to all players and will be worn 24/7. Voila, no more compliance violations. Monday film day will be totally different.

  11. overratedgators says: Mar 8, 2014 9:48 AM

    Any odds that next TV negotiating cycle, we’ll see ESPN tapping into these for actual broadcasts?

  12. keltictim says: Mar 8, 2014 11:42 AM

    Think the cameras will catch the tear in little dabos eye when we make it 6 in a row? Poor dabo. Such a sad little man.

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