Custom jerseys 'inspired by a battleship'

jkendall@thestate.comOctober 8, 2012 

UNDER ARMOUR PHOTO

South Carolina will have a different look Saturday against LSU, and not only because the Gamecocks will be playing as a top five team for only the second time in their history.

No. 3 South Carolina will debut a new uniform from Under Armour, dubbed a “Battle” uniform by the apparel company that provides all of the school’s athletic gear.

According to Under Armour:

- The "uniform was inspired by a battleship, taking cues from the color and incorporating it along with" South Carolina garnet and a "custom camo pattern."

- "The camo pattern, which is South Carolina to the core, incorporates the Palmetto Tree and Crescent moon into the design and is a nod of respect to the strong military presence in the state."

- "The uniform is a fusion of military inspiration and new-school Under Armour innovation and design."

Coach Steve Spurrier first revealed to The State in May that the new uniforms would be worn this season, but he said at the time he hoped the team wouldn’t wear them in a conference game.

“It looks pretty good,” Spurrier said at the time. “We showed it to the players, and they liked it. Of course, they like anything a little different and fancy. I more believe in the traditional uniforms we’ve been doing. I’m not real big on those fancy uniforms. If it’s a big game, I would rather wear our normal stuff.”

Saturday qualifies as a big game. South Carolina (6-0, 4-0 SEC) has won a school-record 10 straight games, and the Tigers are ranked No. 9 in the country.

The new uniforms include gray jerseys and gray camouflage pants.

- View a slideshow of the new uniforms

- View a video of the new uniforms

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