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ANN ARBOR -- An hour before today's kickoff, the Michigan football team announced that Devin Funchess will wear uniform No. 1 this season.
Funchess, a junior, switches from No. 87 to No. 1 this season, in conjunction with moving from tight end to wide receiver.
“It was an incredible honor to be selected to wear the number 87 Legends Jersey in honor of Ron Kramer," Funchess said in a statement released today by the Michigan athletic department. "I spoke with his son, Kurt, and many of my teammates before I decided to change my number and they were all unbelievably supportive. Ron Kramer was the best tight end in Michigan history, and I think his number should be worn by someone playing that position. Moving strictly to wide receiver, I watched a lot of Michigan greats over the offseason and kept seeing receivers wearing number 1 making plays, from Anthony Carter to Derrick Alexander, David Terrell and Braylon Edwards, and I wanted to carry on another Michigan tradition this season.”
Michigan opens its season at noon today against Appalachian State.