Minnesota fans should be on the lookout for helmet stickers on the back of the Gophers’ helmets.
According to a release on the team’s website, Gophers coach Tracy Claeys instituted the stickers, which made their first appearance against Indiana State this past Saturday.
The stickers are brick-like in shape and have the words “Gold Standard” printed on them.
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“We want to reward kids who make plays that help the team win a football game,” Claeys said. “As the staff is grading film they write down the plays for kids who they think helped us win and give them to me. Then I go back and watch those plays.”
But any earned sticker isn’t necessarily permanent — players can lose them.
“If they make a critical error during a game, they lose a brick,” he said. “It’s not an all-good and forget the bad. It’s a little bit of a process, but it is important to play well. You are not going to get rewarded if you made a bunch of mistakes.”
Minnesota is currently on a bye week, but fans can see any new helmet stickers when the Gophers play at home against Colorado State on Sept. 24.