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Notre Dame Football: Assigning jersey number zero and getting rid of double numbers

Just playing with numbers

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 05 Bowling Green at Notre Dame Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

One of the new rule changes proposed for college football — when we get back to college football — is that players will now be allowed to wear the jersey number zero (once it’s ratified by the NCAA). Some have very strong feelings about this, and some don’t. Most of the strong feelings are in opposition to the jersey number. I mean... I get it.

The number zero has never been a traditional number for football — or any sport really. Basketball has a few here and there, but it’s definitely a rare sighting.

So who is going to be the guy that wears it for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish? That is, of course, if they don’t put it in the closet like they have with the #1. My guess is that it will end up being a defensive player, but it’s a guess based almost entirely on nothing. So here’s another guess based on nothing... safety Justin Walters from the 2021 class.

I just wanted to make sure that prediction was out there, even though I would LOVE to see our dude Bo Bauer rock that number because LIGHTS OUT BAYBBBEEEEE!


There’s another proposed ruled change that’s expected to pass along with AGENT ZERO, and it’s a rule that limits teams to only two players being allowed to wear the same number. Have we been in danger of the third?

I used to not care if there were double jersey numbers on the team, but as time passes on — I get a tremendous GET OFF MY LAWN vibe about it growing in my gut. So, while I’m in a mood to assign jersey numbers, here is every (scholarship) double jersey number combo along with a new set of digits for one of them.


  • WR Kevin Austin #4
  • WR Avery Davis #82


  • DE Daelin Hayes #9
  • WR Cam Hart #5


  • QB Drew Pyne #10
  • S Isaiah Pryor #42


  • WR Bennett Skowronek #11
  • CB Ramon Henderson #26


COLLEGE FOOTBALL: APR 13 Notre Dame Spring Game Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
  • QB Ian Book #12
  • S D.J. Brown #32


  • WR Lawrence Keys III #13
  • LB Paul Moala #44


  • WR Joe Wilkins #18
  • DE NaNa Osafo-Mensah #92


  • P Jay Bramblett #19
  • DE Justin Ademilola #93


  • CB Shaun Crawford #20
  • RB C’Bo Flemister #30


  • CB Caleb Offord #21
  • WR Xavier Watts #87


  • RB Kyren Williams #23
  • S Litchfield Ajavon #36


  • TE Tommy Tremble #24
  • LB Jack Kiser #43


  • RB Jahmir Smith #34
  • LB Osita Ekwonu #51


  • OL Zeke Correll #52
  • LB Bo Bauer #0 (YAY!)


  • OL Jarrett Patterson #55
  • DT JaMion Frabklin #97


  • OL John Dirksen #56
  • DT Howard Cross III #93