There will be multiple players wearing No. 1 for Notre Dame in 2016.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday on an appearance on WSBT 96.1 FM that the team would be awarding the number on a weekly basis throughout the season.
"No. 1 we’re going to hand out from week to week," Kelly said. "And that’s going to be the player that exemplifies himself both on and off the field in a manner that represents all the things we want a Notre Dame football player to represent."
No player on the Notre Dame roster is listed wearing No. 1.
(If you'd like to listen to Kelly's full remarks regarding the jersey numbers, zoom to the 32-minute mark of the link above.)
Not only will No. 1 be a rotating jersey, the Irish will use a similar system to determine who wears Nos. 2-9 for the season. Kelly said a merit system based on both on and off-field accomplishments will be kept because of the demand for the numbers.
"And I’d go out on the road and we’re closing deals with guys to come to Notre Dame and the first question [would be] ‘Can I get a number 4?’ Or a number 5 or a number 6," Kelly said. "And of course, now they’re defensive linemen asking for single digit numbers.
"It got to the point where I said what we’re going to do is compete for single digits"
Defensive linemen are probably asking for single digits because of Louis NIx III. The 340-pound defensive tackle wore No. 1 through his senior season in 2013. Former Notre Dame running back Greg Bryant wore No. 1 after Nix did. Bryant transferred to UAB after he was declared ineligible for the 2015 season and was shot and killed on a Florida interstate in May.
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