Heuerman: Braxton Suggested Number Change

Jeff Heuerman traded his No. 86 jersey for No. 5 in honor of injureed quarterback Braxton Miller. Though he has embraced the switch, it wasn't his idea.

Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman has been wearing No. 5 this season in honor of his classmate, injured quarterback Braxton Miller. Swapping out the No. 86 he had worn for the first three years of his career wasn’t his idea, however.

“It wasn’t my idea, Braxton brought it up to me,” Heuerman said. “He was like, ‘you should wear 5 this year.’ We ran it by coach (Urban) Meyer and coach Meyer thought it was a good idea so we went with it.”

Because of shoulder surgery Miller knew he was going to miss all of his final year with his classmate, but the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year still wanted his number represented. The 6-5, 255 pound senior obliged, even if he said seeing a player of his size wearing a single-digit is more fitting for a video game.

“Some guys say I look like a Madden player (on film),” Heuerman said. “You know you create Madden players and they’re huge and then they wear the single digit.”

Heuerman will wear Miller’s jersey number the rest of the season while his No. 86 is vacant. The tight end will graduate this year, freeing No. 5 for Miller’s return in 2015.

“It’s cool being able to wear his number out there. Obviously I wish he was out there wearng No. 5, but it’s cool wearing it. I’ll be wearing it all year.”


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