Kansas State wide receiver Kade Warner was sitting in a captain’s meeting with his teammates and head coach Chris Klieman discussing various topics when Klieman mentioned that the Wildcats had an “alternative.”
Warner was confused. He didn’t know what Klieman meant by the statement, but then the head coach left the room and returned with a special-edition alternate white helmet that Kansas State will wear Saturday against Tulane as K-State looks to improve to 3-0. In the season.
The white shell features Walking Willie Wildcat on one side of the helmet, while the other side of the helmet sports the player’s number in black font while the Wildcats keep their gray masks. To best match the white helmet, Kansas State wear white pants with their traditional purple home jerseys.
“It was definitely really cool,” Warner said of the alternate uniforms K-State will be wearing this weekend. “And it’s something that is very rare, from what I’ve heard from all the players here, they don’t do it very often. I think the bobcat on the helmet is one of the first times they’ve worn it and everything, so I’m really excited about how it’s going to look all over Saturday.”
Kansas State made fun of the special-edition uniforms on social media Monday afternoon by sharing a video of football team manager Al Cerbe speaking to the entire team, something he wouldn’t normally do. However, before showing off the alternate skin in the video, it ended with an excited room of gamers reacting to the alternate helmet.
“Al Cerbe is in charge,” Klieman joked Tuesday about the uniform release. I’ll let Al have the room. … It’s something that Al and I have been talking about and part of it is supply and demand and shipping and receiving. Everything seemed to go according to plan for Al, and so did time. Pretty simple there.”
According to Helmet History photos, Kansas State previously sported helmets with the player’s number on the side during the 1964-65 season, as well as the 1957 season. No photos on the website showed the Walking Willie Wildcat logo anywhere. helmet.
However, white helmets have been commonly worn throughout the history of the state of Kansas. Kansas State recently wore white helmets, in various designs, during the 2019 season as an alternative look to the traditional silver helmet with a purple, white and purple stripe and Powercat logo on each side made popular during the Bill Snyder era. .
Transferring quarterback Adrian Martinez wore several vintage and alternate uniforms in his time at Nebraska, including all-black uniforms to honor the nickname “Black Shirts” the Cornhusker defense has earned throughout history. But Saturday’s game is the first time he’ll wear an alternate uniform design in his career at Kansas State.
“The guys are excited,” Martinez said. “I guess we revealed a little sneak peek that I wasn’t aware of that the entire uniform wasn’t released. The boys are excited about the look. Ready to display it on Saturday.
“I think it’s a special deal that doesn’t happen all the time,” Martinez said. “The boys are very excited. For me, I just want to win the game. I think that’s where most men’s focus is.”