Michigan's Blake Countess to wear Woodson's No. 2

Michigan’s official Twitter account, @umichfootball, tweeted out a link of the Wolverines’ updated 2014 football roster earlier today. Most noticeable on the roster is that redshirt junior cornerback Blake Countess will wear No. 2 this season. He previously wore No. 18.

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Of course, No. 2 belonged to former Michigan Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson, who played for the Wolverines from 1995-1997 and helped lead them to the 1997 National Championship.

Just this past season, Devin Gardner, Jeremy Gallon, Devin Funchess, Jake Ryan and Desmond Morgan were presented with the school’s “legacy jerseys” in honor of former Wolverine greats. While Woodson’s No. 2 is not considered a “legacy jersey,” Countess will be just the third defensive player to wear the number since Woodson.

Countess is one of the top returning defensive backs in the Big Ten this season. He was named first team All-Big Ten last season by the media after recording 46 tackles and six interceptions, one of which was returned for a score.

Incoming freshman Jabrill Peppers, who was also believed to be a candidate to wear the No. 2 jersey, will sport No. 5 this season, which is the same number he wore in high school at Paramus (N.J.) Catholic.

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Michael Foster on 6/20/2014 @ 8:09pm EDT Said:

Wouldnt Cato June be considered a DB, I know he was a Safety for Michigan who later played LB. But he did come after Woodson, and came into Michigan as a safety in the defensive backfield.

thebreakfastreview on 6/20/2014 @ 8:35pm EDT Said:

Cato June played defensive back and wore #2 after Woodson.

    Brent Yarina, BTN.com Senior Editor on 6/20/2014 @ 11:15pm EDT Said:

    You are correct. This has been fixed.

Tim on 6/20/2014 @ 10:03pm EDT Said:

It should be a legacy jersey!!!

Doug on 6/21/2014 @ 10:51am EDT Said:

wow, you would think after Michigan gave Garnder # 98 they would have learned somthing, guess not !

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