COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - The South Carolina Gamecocks have unveiled some new fall fashion for the season, revealing a new Under Armour uniform look for the 2013 football season.
Under Armour says it focused on creating "something timeless that fits in with the power and tradition of SEC Football" and linked specifically to South Carolina, in developing the new look.
The new uniforms, modeled by quarterback Dylan Thompson and defensive end Chaz Sutton, have 11 stripes in the jersey, pant and helmet. Under Armour points out that is the same number of buildings on the iconic Horseshoe on the South Carolina campus which is also a national historic landmark.
Coincidentally, it also equals the amount of wins the Gamecocks have earned in each of the last two years, a program best for wins in a season.
The athletic apparel company says coach Steve Spurrier has established "a tradition of excellence at South Carolina" and designers worked to create a uniform that would reflect that for years to come.
The Gamecocks, ranked No. 7 in the preseason USA Today Coaches poll, opened fall practice on Friday with what appeared to be a less than stellar performance according to Spurrier.
"We're rated the highest preseason ever, so there's a little enthusiasm. Hopefully we can live up to it. We probably couldn't tonight (Friday) if we had to play anybody, but we've got three weeks or so before we play the Tar Heels," said Spurrier. "You want your expectations up there. You want the guys to expect to have a good team. We'll be very disappointed if we don't."
The Gamecocks open the season August 29 against North Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium.