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Te'o likes new helmets

Notre Dame's helmet change had coach Brian Kelly really excited leading up to the Irish's game against USC.

While the 31-17 loss took a little of the shine off the helmets, linebacker Manti Te'o said Wednesday he likes the new head gear.

The new helmets no longer require to be painted gold every week and don't chip during games.

"I like this helmet," Te'o said. "I didn't really like that other helmet because it was painted on and chip off. Things would get into screws and chin straps would come off. This helmet, you don't have to worry about the paint.

"I really like it. I think it really mimics the Golden Dome. That's the biggest draw for me."

Te'o said he isn't concerned that some fans would judge how well and hard a defensive player played by how chipped his helmet looked after games.

"I didn't really gage it by how much paint I had left on my helmet," Te'o said of how he judged his performance in games.

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.