Minnesota running back Donnell Kirkwood was hit so hard on a second quarter run against Northwestern Saturday that the decal on his helmet literally came off.
Kirkwood danced through a nice hole and lowered his shoulder to prepare for contact with Northwestern DB Ibraheim Campbell who met him with such force that the “M” on Kirkwood’s helmet came off.
We’ve seen uniform issues with decals before, but those were due to “wardrobe malfunctions,” not hard hits. This was a unique case.
Kirkwood, a sophomore from Delray Beach, Fla., gained 73 yards on 18 carries in his team’s 21-13 loss.