For most of us, we won't ever fully understand what it's like to be down, in the trenches, during a Division I football game, but that doesn't mean we can't get a better look.
Using the 2016 Spring Game as a backdrop, Cincinnati Bearcats football experimented with one of the innovative concepts coming to football; the helmet cam.
Thanks to a partnership with the people at Schutt Vision, Cincinnati was able to set up cameras on the front of players helmets, offering unique insight that is beneficial to not only the coaches and the players, but also to the casual fan.
The cameras were placed just above the upper portion of the facemask, with wires running through the inner parts of the helmet to the back of the helmet, according to the video above. Considering the technology involved, it's impressive to see how streamlined everything looks and how it all operates.
As for the collected video itself, it clearly offers some interesting possibilities for both the football program and the fans. Coaches and players can get a unique look at how decisions are being made and where players are looking at any given moment. This helps with the cerebral part of the game and can help catch players up with where they should be looking and can give better insight into what is really happening over the duration of a play.
For fans, this technology gives spectators a new perspective to watch the game from. As almost everyone mentions in the accompanying YouTube videos, seeing a first-hand view of what the players see can be used as a teaching tool for fans. Something about seeing everything from the "ESPN NFL 2K5 first-person football" view puts a player's successes and failures in perspective.
While attaching cameras to a football helmet isn't a revolutionary concept, the application of this technology is still developing. Not only is it cool to see Cincinnati jumping on board now, but it's also very cool to see the footage itself.