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Helmet Cam Captures Pitt QB’s Perspective Of Football Field

(Photo Credit: University of Pittsburgh/KDKA)

(Photo Credit: University of Pittsburgh/KDKA)

(Source: KDKA-TV) Jory Rand
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It’s a first-person view of exactly what it’s like to be a Division 1 quarterback.

You’re on board University of Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage; and everything he’s seeing, you’re seeing. It’s all thanks to a small camera mounted on top of Savage’s helmet.

“I think it’s pretty cool because you got to actually see what you’re looking at out there. Sometimes, after a play, you come back and say, ‘I have no idea what I just saw right there,’” said Savage.

The project is the brainchild of Scott Golmic, a producer for Pitt Live Wire.

“We went in and talked to Brooks Bollinger, and he said, ‘Yeah, I love it. I think that we can use it for film study.’ That’s really how it got started,” said Golmic.

“From the teaching side of it, the places I like it was not only the post-snap stuff, but the pre-snap stuff,” said Bollinger, Pitt’s quarterbacks coach. “How is he handling the huddle? Where are his eyes as he goes through the cadence? How he’s gathering information through that, as much as what happens once the play is going on.”

“It’s very light,” says Savage of the camera. “I had to realize that I was mic’d up and watch what I say out there in practice.”

The good thing about the helmet cam is it picks up virtually everything the quarterback sees. But the bad thing about it is it picks up virtually everything the quarterback sees.

“It’s a distraction sometimes because you have defenders who are goofballs and are waving at the camera,” said Savage.

KDKA’s Jory Rand: “You get a lot of face time in there as well. When you go back and watch the film, do you have some fun with it, too?”

Bollinger: “Absolutely, that’s one of the biggest positives about it.”

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