Brady Hoke was asked about what number 5-Star super-recruit Jabrill Peppers will wear this year, and his answer was refreshing.
He wasn’t sure what number Peppers would be wearing, and said he could be wearing his high school number, 5, when he arrives in Ann Arbor later this month.
Hoke spoke about players, “earning,” the number 2 jersey because of his relationship with former Michigan Wolverine, Charles Woodson.
Peppers recently spoke about the jersey controversy on his blog and said he was not trying to be, “the next Charles Woodson,” which is refreshing considering how often you hear the comparison. Peppers wants to make a name for himself, and he has that opportunity before he takes a snap. By simply choosing to wear the number 2 jersey, Peppers will immediately hear about the Woodson comparison all over again. But if he chooses to wear the number 5, he will be given an opportunity to associated with his own number, and disassociate himself from “Woodson 2.0.”
Clearly a jersey number does not make a football player elite, but as Deion Sanders said, “If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good. If you play good, they pay good.”
We will continue to update you on the situation as it develops.