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Posted on Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 12:01 p.m.

Michigan football junior Devin Gardner officially switches to No. 12, still listed as a QB

By Nick Baumgardner


Michigan junior Devin Gardner will officially wear No. 12 next season. Presently, he's still listed as a quarterback on the roster.

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CHICAGO -- Devin Gardner has officially changed numbers.

But has yet to change positions.

The Michigan football team unveiled its 2012 media guide for the first time Thursday, updating heights, weights and number changes on its roster. And Gardner, a 6-foot-4, 206-pound junior, has officially switched from No. 7 to No. 12.

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Devin Gardner switches to No. 12, still listed as a quarterback

Gardner was seen sporting No. 12 -- wide receiver Roy Roundtree's old jersey number -- during a football camp earlier this summer, but no official confirmation on the jersey switch was made at the time.

While he has a new jersey, his position remains the same -- for now anyway. Gardner, who worked out at wide receiver periodically during spring practice, is officially listed as a quarterback on the Wolverines' roster.

Gardner took snaps at receiver during practice, but did not line up there in Michigan's spring game -- instead working exclusively at quarterback.

As for Roundtree, he's now officially listed as No. 21 in honor of Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard, and is currently the only member of the roster to don a "Michigan Football Legend" uniform.

Earlier this summer, Michigan announced that it would be un-retiring Nos. 47, 48 and 87 for next season. Though, presently, no one on the Michigan roster has been assigned either of those three numbers.

The other notable number switch was wide receiver Drew Dileo (from No. 26 to No. 9).

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan sports for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.



Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 9:18 p.m.

I like the drama. Kind of trivial but it fun and amusing. Me thinks Hoke and Borges may have a few tricks up their sleeves. The curtain will rsie Sept 1st, stay tuned and follow for more.


Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 6:03 p.m.

Oh man- I hope this means Devin will be playing WR while he's backing up Denard. Get the ball in Gardner's hands and we go from having a weak receiving corp to a really dangerous one. Great hands and a dynamic runner. Smooth as silk. Devin- you will be the first receiver taken in the 2013 or 2014 draft if you get enough snaps at this position. At QB a late round draft pick at best. Step up and cash in young man!

Craig Lounsbury

Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 5:34 p.m.

I came right here as soon as my Google alert went off telling me there was a Devin Gardner number change. i must say I wasn't expecting 12 though.


Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 5:40 p.m.

Too funny there Craig..


Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 5:24 p.m.

I'm with you Blue Marker.. sure would like to see Devin catch a swing pass or bubble type screen pass,and be in the open field against a smaller D-back.. this will be an exciting year,and see where big Al will use him... GO BLUE..

Blue Marker

Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 4:32 p.m.

So hungry for football we all are that number changes make a story. I love summer but can't wait for the ball to be teed up! Go Blue!