Double take: eight freshmen sharing jersey numbers with veteran Tigers

Tajh Boyd, Ben Boulware wear No. 10; Sammy Watkins, Mackensie Alexander No. 2; Martavis Bryant, 'Ebo' share No. 1

Clemson's Ebenezer Ogundeko during spring practice.

Photo by Ken Ruinard

Clemson's Ebenezer Ogundeko during spring practice.

When the Tigers run down The Hill on August 31, fans will be in for a double-take.

Eight members of Clemson's incoming freshman class will share jersey numbers with veteran teammates who play on the other side of the ball, including linebacker Ben Boulware, who'll share No. 10 with quarterback Tajh Boyd, and defensive back Mackensie Alexander, who'll share No. 2 with Sammy Watkins.

Other freshmen who'll share numbers include offensive lineman Tyrone Crowder, who'll share No. 55 with defensive tackle Rod Byers; running back Wayne Gallman, who'll share No. 9 with defensive end Tavaris Barnes; safety Jadar Johnson, who'll share No. 18 with quarterback Cole Stoudt; defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko, who'll share No. 1 with wide receiver Martavis Bryant; defensive back Cordrea Tankersley, who'll share No. 25 with running back Rod McDowell; and wide receiver Mike Williams, who'll share No. 7 with linebacker Tony Steward.

Jersey numbers, which are often assigned to players based on their personal preference, are subject to change, primarily in cases in which players sharing numbers end up playing on the same special teams. Rules stipulate that two players with the same jersey number cannot be on the field at the same time.

Other players who share numbers include DE Vic Beasley and QB Nick Scheussler (No. 3), S Travis Blanks and QB Chad Kelly (No. 11), CB Martin Jenkins and QB Donny McElveen (No. 14), S Taylor Watson and RB Alex Goode (No. 30), PK Ammon Lakip and S Jerrodd Williams (No. 36), CB C.J. Jones and WR Julian Patton (No. 38), PK Chandler Catanzaro and RB Haamid Williams (No. 39), LS Jim Brown and OL Harrison Tucker (No. 51), LS Phillip Fajgenbaum and LB Kellen Jones (No. 52), OL Patrick Destefano and DT Steven Young (No. 71), and LS Michael Sobeski and DE Daniel Stone (No. 75).

Other jersey assignments for scholarship freshman players include:

Defensive back Adrian Baker: No. 21

Defensive back Ryan Carter: No. 31

Running back Tyshon Dye: No. 23

Defensive back Marcus Edmond: No. 29

Wide receiver T.J. Green: No. 82

Linebacker D.J. Greenlee: No. 43

Defensive back Jayron Kearse: No. 20

Defensive end Shaq Lawson: No. 90

Tight end Jordan Leggett: No. 16

Offensive lineman Maverick Morris: No. 69

Linebacker Dorian O'Daniel: No. 6

Defensive tackle Scott Pagano: No. 56

Wide receiver Kyrin Priester: No. 80

Defensive end Dane Rogers: No. 85

Defensive back Korrin Wiggins: No. 12

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Comments » 7

JimKirk writes:

No one has mentioned WHY these freshmen are sharing numbers with veterans; can anyone tell me?

Xander5000 writes:

No mention that Sammy and McKensie are sharing No. 2........WOW!!!! That should be half a paragraph, because they have history with each other.

KerryCapps writes:


TigerMarine writes:

in response to KerryCapps:


LOL I caught it by wasn't anything worth mentioning! What history do Watkins & Alexander have ?

KerryCapps writes:

They're both from south Florida, and they had considerable contact during recruiting, Sammy urging Mackensie to join him at Clemson.

TigerFan95 writes:

Is it just me, or does Ogundeko look a lot shorter in the pic than the 6'3" he's listed at? He looks more like 6'0" to 6'1" to me which is kinda short for a DE.

cuGIZ82 writes:

Ogundeko and V. Beasley are both built to the mold of OLBs in a 3-4 scheme...which may actually help the front 7 be more flexible.

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