FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- As the North Dakota State Football team kicks off Fall Camp there's a pad being worn by some of the players.
It's on the helmet.
Head Coach Matt Entz said the pads were a surprise to the players as they walked into the locker room Friday morning before the first practice.
After Friday's practice Entz said he didn't hear any complaints about the new pads, saying it weighs only ten ounces.
"You guys have seen us play," Entz said. "The line of scrimmage is like a car crash every snap, even on days when we don't have pads. So we're trying to do everything we can to prolong the health of our kids, make sure they're healthy, and life after football as well."
Entz said with all of the research and studies that have been done concerning head trauma in football players wearing these new helmet pads is an attempt to cut down on some of those injuries.
"I think it's a good thing for player safety, we haven't used it enough or had any real contact yet so we'll see what happens when it comes to live periods," Senior Tight End Ben Ellefson said.
The Bison will have their first full pads practice of Fall Camp Tuesday.