Brent Yarina, Senior Editor, January 10, 2015

Ohio State defensive tackle Michael Bennett has worn No. 53 since late teammate Kosta Karageorge's death one day after the season finale vs. rival Michigan.

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Bennett, who typically wears No. 63, donned Karageorge's number in the Big Ten title game vs. Wisconsin and the Sugar Bowl vs. No. 1 Alabama.

The big defensive tackle isn't about to change it up for the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Monday night.

During Ohio State's media session Saturday, AP writer Paul Newberry tweeted a video of Bennett talking about why he continues to wear Karageorge's number.

Watch his great response in the video above.

Karageorge, who went missing before Thanksgiving, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Sunday, Nov. 30. The redshirt senior was a member of the Ohio State wrestling team his first three years.

Here's the text of Bennett's response:

"I wear the number so that, you know, when I play or the camera's on me, people don't forget Kosta and they remember him."