Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
Devin Gardner changes Number
I'm flattered, and whoever downvoted this is a jerk.
Wow, we are really starving for any morsel in the off season, aren't we?
I think this is a pretty significant change. Especially since #7 is purely a qb #. Or known as one atleast.
Not necessarily. Chris Floyd and Brandin Hawthorne wore/have worn it. I think of #12 as just as much of a QB number. Roundtree was the first non-QB I can think of to wear it.
Ah yes. Good call.
What unbelievable RB depth we had back then. Powers was a 1,000-yard rusher as a sophomore and then came off the bench the next two years.
God, I love that away jersey.
Don't forget good ole Scotty Dreisbach. #12 to Mercury Hayes to beat UVA in 1995.
I pretty sure Shane Morris wants to wear 12 at Michigan.
Its irrelevant what number HE wants to wear in college. Any sport I ever played had seniors pick first and trickling down to freshman. He can pick his number when its available, until then, worry about football.
there is a certain future hall-of-fame quarterback in the NFL that wears #12. So...
he's singing 12's my number
He wears #12 now. Wore #10 for the Maize n' Blue.
Too lazy to make new topic... But their rb just got kicked out for drug use. We play them next season, right?
yes, but he was a senior
Probably just personal preference now that 12 is available. Both 7 and 12 have been QB numbers of prominence over the years, and college football doesn't have positional number restrictions like the NFL. Not many tea leaves to read.
his high school number was 7...
12-7 is 5.
5 was Tate Forcier's number.
Yep, I think it's pretty clear that Devin is going to have an awesome first half of the season then try to transfer to hawaii
I think you're on the right track but wrong.. 7+12=19 ... 19 was Kelvin Grady ...Devin Gardner is going to join the Basketball team !!
but then he will quit the basketball team to play...wait for it...
So much for the future "Shane Morris, #12" legend jersey.
Didn't Shane tweet that he was told he was supposed to have that number?
So there is no conflict.
Edit: Who's high? this guy...
His Twitter bio changed to "University of Michigan QB #??" a while back and so this threw me. So it wasn't necessarily his choice -- and he wore 7 in high school -- but they had to wait until Roy took #21.
My thought is It seems he was taken off of #7.
Was it because A) He'll be used as a wide receiver (and backup QB) and they wanted to give him a different number, thinking #7 is too purely a quarterback number? Or B) It's for somebody else. Could #7 be made a "legends" number and given to Denard? What if Denard would be a legend down the road, wouldn't he be a legend as #16?
shane morris is #12 for de la salle. i bet he is mad about this.
No worries. Devin switches to #12 this year, kills it at WR for a year before erasing the 2. I bet Shane would love to be throwing to #1.
Scott Driesbach is smiling.
That being the case, Elvis Grbac and Ricky Powers would be smiling too, since they both donned #12 as well at various points (but not for their entire career at Michigan). Gardner would be in good company certainly. I think Matt Gutierrez wore it too.
Going back to the 80s, I want to say a few defensive backs had #12. Ernest Bock comes to mind for some reason.
Grbac wore #12 at one point? I thought he was always #15.
He wore #15 for the rest of his career, but in 1988, he was #12. I can't believe I remembered that.
EDIT: In perusing these roster listings, I should have specified and not thrown Powers in with Grbac - Ricky did wear #12 from 1990-1993. I fail.
Since both are qbs and won't be on the field at the same time. Maybe this is just a move to solidify that DG isn't moving to wr.
I've never seen two players from the same side of ball with the same number. This makes no sense unless it is only for this year as Shane tweeted a letter from the coaches (front paged earlier in the week) with a Winged helmet and the number 12 on it. Someones got some splaining to do Lucy.
The #12 was just for the year 2012 I believe because that DT we just offered got the same letter and tweeted something along the lines of... "I think I got a letter Shane was supposed to get".
this is all a scheme by D.B. to sell more jerseys.
This is the most reasonable explanation I've seen here except for DG just wanting a new number
Don't mind me, I'm just speculating.
What if Michigan is making Rick Leach and his #7 a "Michigan Legend"
What if they want to give that #7 to Shane Morris
What if they don't want to make this move a year from now because it would look bad to strip DG of #7 just to give it to an incoming stud freshman instead of the senior quarterback
which would make him a junior with two years left.
That probably means that Shane is gonna redshirt his first year. Im not sure if kids that are redshirted get a jersey number.
Redshirts are regular members of the team just like anyone else. They're all just freshmen in the official listings that first year. The next year they become "RS Fr."
Redshirts get a number. Everyone on the team has a number. However it is common for RS freshmen to have the same number as a senior. Usually not on the same side of the ball, but that's not unheard of either. For example Jake Long got 77 as a freshman in 2003, even though Tony Pape was a senior.
Anyway it shouldn't matter here because I doubt Morris redshirts--that would mean he was behind Bellomy after Spring/Fall practices next year.
Could it simply be that Roundtree changed his number and Gardner always has been fond of the #12? Just a thought.
Then why would he have changed his Twitter bio to "quarterback number ???" a while back? Seems like he didn't know what number he was going to have, which leads to believe that 7 was taken away for some reason
Or maybe he knew he was taking #12 and didn't want to steal Roy Roundtree's thunder before the public announcement that he was switching to #21.