Devin Gardner changes Number

Submitted by Lionsfan on May 19th, 2012 at 4:03 PM
I can't embed on my phone. But Stephen Nesbitt just tweeted that Devin has changed his number from 7 to 12. It could be nothing, or it's more Devin to WR proof


Bando Calrissian

May 19th, 2012 at 4:15 PM ^

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.


May 19th, 2012 at 4:19 PM ^

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?

Just thoughts.


May 19th, 2012 at 4:46 PM ^

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. 


May 19th, 2012 at 5:03 PM ^

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.  

Maize and Blue…

May 19th, 2012 at 4:35 PM ^

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.


May 19th, 2012 at 4:34 PM ^

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


May 20th, 2012 at 8:00 AM ^

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.