It’s a tradition unlike any other: college football players switching numbers in between seasons.
Perhaps the most surprising change on Maryland’s new-look online roster (other than the absence of Melvin Keihn, who has indeed transferred from the program) is Ty Johnson switching away from the No. 6 he’s donned all three years in College Park. The now-senior will be returning to No. 24, which he wore in high school. It’s the number he initially wanted at Maryland, but two other players already had it, so he settled for the sum of the digits.
Takin' It Back To The Old School! #Terps superstar RB, and former #FH standout, Ty Johnson will switch to his familiar #24 jersey at #Maryland this fall. Johnson, who had worn #6 his first 3 seasons, enters his senior year in College Park with 3,287 career all-purpose yards. pic.twitter.com/rcNB9mPSF2— Fort Hill Sentinels (@FH_Football) July 6, 2018
Last summer, five of Maryland’s defensive starters switched from double-digit to single-digit numbers, and that trend is continuing in the secondary. Here’s the rundown:
- Tino Ellis is switching from No. 17 to No. 7, previously worn by JC Jackson, who’s now in the pros.
- Fellow cornerback RaVon Davis is going from No. 21 to No. 2. With nobody wearing No. 1 right now, he joins Lorenzo Harrison as the lowest jersey number on the squad.
- Marcus Lewis is ditching No. 19 for No. 8. He hasn’t played a game for Maryland yet.
- Safety Qwuantrezz Knight is swapping No. 24 for No. 3.
Then there’s defensive tackle Cam Spence, who’s making the small change from No. 56 to No. 55. Defensive end Dion Goldbourne previously wore the number, but he transferred to UT Martin this offseason.
This might not be the end of number changes; we had a few right around the start of fall camp last year. We’ll obviously continue to cover these very important developments.
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