Hog helmets to sport pearlescent sheen

Updated: August 28, 2003, 4:22 AM ET

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas coach Houston Nutt isn't open to most suggestions for changes to the Razorbacks football uniform.

But he is relenting this season with a request from equipment manager Tim Cheney to spruce up the Hogs' helmets.

The helmets worn by Razorbacks in the Sept. 6 season-opener against Tulsa will sport pearl cardinal, a glossy version of the official school color.

"It just looks like a metallic on top, which is kind of brighter under the lights," Nutt said. "It's really pretty."

The move to painted helmets is new this season as well, Cheney said. The old helmets were colored by the manufacturer during the molding process.

Cheney had avoided painted helmets previously, but he said better paint and primer allow the helmets to resist chipping and scratching when helmets collide.

Cleaning the new helmets will be easier as well, Cheney said, because they only require rubbing alcohol to remove scuffs, compared to steel wool and plenty of elbow grease for the old ones.

"I love them," senior receiver George Wilson said. "They've got the shiny, candy-coated finish that reflects the sun. I'm pretty sure when the fans see them they'll notice the difference."

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