Vols’ Smokey Gray Helmet Nominated for Best Helmet

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    Tennessee’s alternate Smokey Gray uniforms have received mixed reactions from fans since being unveiled in the summer of 2015. The one part of the uniform that seems universally liked, however, are the helmets. And those helmets have been nominated for the best helmets in the nation.

    Uniswag is running polls all throughout the week to honor the best alternate uniforms of the season. The first poll of the week is for best helmet design, and Tennessee’s Smokey Gray helmets are up for nomination.

    The Vols’ Smokey Gray helmets feature the first every black and gray helmet in program history, and the outline of the Smoky Mountains are on the back of the helmet. Tennessee has worn the Smokey Gray uniforms three times since they were created in 2015, and the Vols are 3-0 in those uniforms. They defeated Georgia in 2015, Florida in 2016, and Nebraska in the Music City Bowl in 2016.

    Tennessee wore the Smokey Gray uniforms against Nebraska in the Music City Bowl to honor the victims of the Gatlinburg fires back in late November.

    The poll has been open since Sunday, and the Vols have been put up against Vanderbilt, Army, Air Force, Maryland, TCU, and Oregon.

    The voting for Uniform of the Year will be open on January 19th, so check back to see if Tennessee’s whole Smokey Gray uniforms make that list as well.

    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.