Arizona Athletics tweeted the following just before 8 p.m. Sunday: “It’s Game Week vs. ASU and that means it’s a #RedOut”
Attached was the above image, showing an Arizona player wearing a red helmet, red jerseys and red pants.
It’s that time.
There were rumors of red helmets this summer, when a picture of one from the equipment room was tweeted by quarterback B.J. Denker. Athletic director Greg Byrne responded at the time that the red helmet was just a “mock-up,” but we heard differently and have been expecting these at some point this season.
Arizona debuted copper helmets for the first time against Oregon State. The Wildcats have not worn red helmets since the 1980 season, which was Larry Smith’s first as the UA coach. Arizona wore only white helmets from 1981 to 2004, when first-year coach Mike Stoops introduced blue helmets.
Now, the Cats can wear four different lids — blue, white, copper and red.
Arizona takes on rival Arizona State on Friday night at 8 p.m. from Arizona Stadium.
After the initial tweet, Arizona Athletics sent out the picture of Matt Scott below from the team’s practice: