Quarterback Jalen Whitlow was asked on Monday about changing his jersey number this offseason from No. 13 to No. 2.
“I had this number since I was 7 years old in football pretty much every year,” Whitlow said, patting the deuce on his chest. “So I had to go back to it. I couldn’t breathe without this.”
When asked if he felt like the No. 13 held him back last season, Whitlow laughed. “I mean, once you get on the field, no, but it don’t look as good. This (No. 2) is my baby right here.”
Whitlow will be sharing the No. 2 with Bud Dupree on the defensive end, but don’t expect Whitlow to be taking over Dupree’s locker any time soon, fellow quarterback Maxwell Smith joked.
“I don’t think he wants to fight Bud,” Smith said of the 6-foot-4, 252-pound defensive end. “I wouldn’t want to fight Bud either.”