WATCH: Gamecocks surprised with alternate helmets

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The new gear had South Carolina in a frenzy Streeter Lecka Getty Images

Receiving brand-new apparel for any athlete is a special feeling. One has a renewed sense of motivation, and "feels good" rocking some fresh gear.

South Carolina echoed those sentiments ahead of its game against Florida on Saturday. Coming in from pregame warmups, the team headed into the locker room to find sparkling alternate helmets. The head-gear is featuring the Gamecock mascot outlined in black and garnet, prominently displayed on a white helmet.

Prior to heading back onto the field, interim head coach Shawn Elliott then offered a passionate speech about playing for the school, and for the state of South Carolina.