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August 15, 2013UCF's new black helmet was unveiled on Thursday during the school's annual kickoff luncheon.
The Knights' primary look will remain the white helmet which they've worn since 2007. Head coach George O'Leary has said the black helmet would be worn on special occasions and has hinted it could be part of an all-back ensemble when UCF hosts USF on Black Friday, Nov. 29.
During last May's Hometown Huddle, fans got an early glimpse of what the new black helmet would look like - equipment director Robert Jones held up two different prototype helmets, one representing the design and the other the color scheme - but Thursday was the first time the finished product was displayed to the fans as well as the players.
"It looks really cool," punter Sean Galvin said. "All the teammates love it. Everyone was excited to see it. It was a really big deal."
Linebacker Troy Gray is also a fan.
"Since I've been here the past couple years, people would say, 'Oh, we should get a black helmet.' Coach O'Leary has done a good job and has come through. Seeing that helmet was exciting. It's a little something different."
Gray, along with the rest of his defensive teammates, wore the new black jerseys at the luncheon. He hopes to see the all-black wardrobe (jerseys, pants and helmet) make at least one appearance this year.
"I think that would be a good look," Gray said. "Having all that black on would be like a big swarm."
Senior offensive tackle Chris Martin, who may have a future career in marketing, suggested earlier this month at media day that UCF break out the black for the USF game.
"I think if we were ever to wear the black helmet it would be (against USF)," Martin said. "It would make sense. It's Black Friday. It's our rival game. It's home. Why would we not black it out? We should make that the theme. 'Blackout.' Let's blackout the entire stadium. All the fans would love it."
UCF's marketing department either took his advice, or he was prophetic. On the season tickets which were mailed last week, Martin is featured on the USF ticket which also happens to promote a blackout.