No. 1 jersey special in Michigan football, and soon No. 2 will be coveted, Brady Hoke says
Now, he wants to start one of his own.
The first-year head coach said Friday at the Big Ten media days in Chicago he not only will continue the tradition of handing out the No. 1 jersey to Michigan’s top receiver, but hopes to institute a similar decorum for the No. 2 jersey.
He would like to save that number for Michigan’s top cornerback.
The No. 2 was worn by former Michigan star Charles Woodson, who in 1997 became the first primarily defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy. He helped lead the Wolverines to a share of the national championship that year.
Hoke, who coached on that 1997 team’s defensive staff, was asked if any of Michigan’s talented wideouts would wear the No. 1 this year.
“No, they gotta earn it,” Hoke said. “And they’re going to have to earn No. 2, after (Vincent Smith) is gone.”
Smith is a junior running back.