Penn State has one of the simplest uniforms in all of sports. But freshmen at the program will now start their careers with uniforms missing one of the Nittany Lions’ trademarks.
Penn State has started the tradition of making new players earn the blue stripe down the middle of their helmets, coach James Franklin told reporters Wednesday. It’s a change Franklin started implementing this season.
“We talk about giving these guys feedback of when they’re starting to figure it out based on our expectations … to give them something tangible to say, ‘Hey, you’re doing a good job for us,'” Franklin said, according to PennLive.
The fourth-year Penn State coach noted that about six or seven freshmen had already earned their stripes this season.
The practice is similar to one Ohio State uses. The Buckeyes give each freshman a black stripe on their helmet, and they have to earn its removal.