Florida unveils Gator green alternate uniforms (Photos)

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Florida will wear special alternate uniforms on Saturday against Texas A&M.

They are an ode to “The Swamp,” the nickname given to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium 25 years ago. According to Florida, the design, a collaboration with Nike, has “been in the works for over two years” and is “the first time the Florida team will stray from its traditional orange and blue look.”

The uniforms are supposed to “take after an alligator’s armored body” and channel the animal’s “ability to be a master of camouflage.” It’s a different look, that’s for sure.

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The jersey is swamp green jersey in “a tonal gator print” while the helmet is swamp green with a “satin finish” and features the Gator Head logo, a first for UF.

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The “Swamp” nickname goes back to 1992 when then-coach Steve Spurrier offered the following quote:

“The ‘Swamp’ is a place where only Gators get out alive. We feel comfortable there, but we hope our opponents feel tentative. A swamp is hot and sticky and can be dangerous. We feel this is an appropriate nickname for our stadium.”

Florida (3-2) is coming off a home loss to LSU while A&M fell 27-19 at home to No. 1 Alabama to drop to 4-2 on the year. The game will kick off at 7 p.m.

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