This topic has probably been done before but after reading the number1jerseydenard thread, I felt further clairification was needed on the issue as far as the facts are concerned, because many replying to that thread did not know the issue. I apoligize also if an MgoPoster has already replied in the thread regarding this issue. My intent is to educate and not to be redundant.
The #1 Jersey for decades has only been worn by a Wide Receiver. Wearing it was something that was very important to Braylon Edwards when he came in and not only did he spend two years earning it, he had to keep it. Lloyd publically stated that it would be possible for Edwards to wear #1 one week and #80 then next. Meaning he would lose it.
After Edwards left Michigan he sent up a scholarship fund for the #1 Jersey at Michigan. Basically, this protected the positional association of the number to the Wide Receiver position.
There are a few basic qualifications for a WR to meet in order to obtain the coveted #1 Jersey.
1. Player is Selected by the Coaching staff
2. No Freshman
4. Off the field conduct.
Braylon Edwards is involved in the fate of the #1 Jersey, and because of the amount of money he donates to the University, he probably has some say in who wears it. When Rich Rod came in he tried to give it to JT Floyd, Edwards was publically outraged at this. This also means Rich Rod will not give it away to just any WR. The WR that I see wearing it next is Ricardo Miller. Miller has publically stated he wants to wear it. He will spend this year and his redshirt freshman year trying to earn it and if he does he will wear it 2 years from now. If Ricardo or another WR doesn't do what is required to wear it, then it will stay on the shelf.
Here are my sources for the information.