January 4th, 2016 at 10:31 AM ^

It's been a few years since Junior Hemingway was on the roster. Jeremy Gallon wore it after him. See when Dave Brandon and Hoke were around they had these things called legacy jerseys. When Harbaugh was hired a year ago they did away with that. #21 was retire before this years Ohio State game.

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January 4th, 2016 at 12:22 PM ^

Yeah from highlight reels. That's about it considering I was like 5 back then. 

So yeah... there have been other people wearing respected numbers since they've been made famous by the players in them. 

Thus it wouldn't be that crazy for Mitchell to wear 2 unless Woodson's jersey is being retired anytime soon, which I doubt. 

Brian Griese

January 4th, 2016 at 10:21 AM ^

Related, I assumed Peppers would switch to #2 because, to the best of my knowledge, O'Korn was listed as wearing #5 on the roster this year.  I wonder which one of them will change their number?


January 4th, 2016 at 10:29 AM ^

they should stop with all of the numbers stuff.  I don't even particularly think they should move forward with the #1 tradition as it always seemed a little weird for a program with the mantra The Team The Team The Team. 

I think #2 should be retired and we should just move on without any additional number switching non-sense.


January 4th, 2016 at 10:32 AM ^

The issue here is if O'Korn is the starting QB, he and Peppers can't share a number if Peppers will continue to play on offense. So someone will have to change their number, even if all the "traditional" number stuff goes out the window.


January 4th, 2016 at 3:03 PM ^

The only "retired" number Funchess wore was 87. Number 1 has never been retired and was given out regularly to any receiver Bo, Mo, or Lloyd wanted to give it to. It wasn't until Braylon Edwards put a "scholarship" or money on it, did it get weird. Bo, Mo, and Lloyd gave it to whoever they wanted. It was a recruiting tool. That's the history of it. Lloyd only made Braylon earn it because Braylon got in the doghouse early and Lloyd made him prove he was about the team first. It was a carrot Lloyd put out there. Fans need to remember that and not be weird about numbers. I blame all this on David Brandon and his marketing scheme that bastardized the work all the men who earned their number to be retired. Harbargh understands how things worked when Bo was here and let's trust he will do it right.

Pepto Bismol

January 4th, 2016 at 11:30 AM ^

In college, you can wear the same number as long as you're on different sides of the ball. 

3 days ago James Ross wore #15.  So did Jake Rudock.


(Side note: This is why I'm not a fan of retiring numbers in college football.  Just not enough to go around.  I'd rather see another #21 at any position than multiple guys wearing the same number.  Nothing will diminish what Desmond did at Michigan.  The same way neither Cato June nor Shawn Crable diminished the accomplishments of Charles Woodson.)


January 4th, 2016 at 10:24 AM ^

#2 on offense? I don't get it.

Maybe trying to eliminate the prestige of these legacy jerseys? I have to admit I was bummed to see pep not wearing #2 but I'm really glad he's making his own mark in #5

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