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Brandon Smith Representing Riddell With New Prototype Helmet

Penn State football linebacker Brandon Smith is now one of just a handful of college athletes wearing a new prototype helmet from Riddell.

The helmet, which Smith said is an updated version of Ridell’s SPEEDFLEX model, has a futuristic look thanks to a built-in visor in place of a traditional upper facemask.

“[Riddell] came to me when they [were] in the building and said, ‘Hey, we want you to represent us with this helmet,'” Smith said. “I already wear the older version, so I thought I might as well try out the new one.”

According to Helmet Stalker on Twitter, the updated version of the SPEEDFLEX has actually been dubbed the “AXIOM.” This name is consistent with a trademark filed by Riddell over the summer. Smith debuted the helmet against Illinois and has worn it in every game since.

So far, the helmet has only made its way around college football and has not been worn by an NFL player. The Penn State linebacker now joins student-athletes from Colorado, Florida, Rice, and UCLA in wearing the new prototype.

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Ryan Parsons

Ryan is a redshirt senior majoring in business and journalism from "Philadelphia" and mostly writes about football nowadays. You can follow him on Twitter @rjparsons9 or say hi via email at [email protected].

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