Ohio State football: Denzel Burke changes his number

Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Denzel Burke (29) lines up during the NCAA football game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Ind. on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021. Ohio State won 54-7.Ohio State Buckeyes At Indiana Hoosiers
Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Denzel Burke (29) lines up during the NCAA football game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Ind. on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021. Ohio State won 54-7.Ohio State Buckeyes At Indiana Hoosiers /
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The Ohio State football team has a stud cornerback in Denzel Burke. He showed last season as a true freshman that he is a star in the making. His presence on the field will help the defense improve greatly now that they have competent safety options.

Burke wore #29 last year as a true freshman. It seems that he has decided to change his number now a new one is available. Burke seemed to indicate on social media that he is switching to #5 instead of keeping the number that he wore last year.

Burke posted a picture on Twitter of his locker indicating his number switch.

As you can see, it seems he wants to go the single-digit route. For some reason, college kids seem to think that wearing single-digits is cooler than double-digit numbers. I know that the Ohio State football program has made it so the better players get to wear the single-digit jerseys.

I understand if this is the number he wanted to wear out of high school but couldn’t because it was occupied by Marcus Williamson. Now that he is gone, he can be the defensive guy who wears that number. I’m sure an offensive player will take Garrett Wilson’s #5 as well.

I’m not as concerned about what number he wears. Whatever number Burke is in, he’s going to be really good. I think he’s got a chance to be an All-American this year. He just makes plays around the ball, and that’s the best way to get noticed nationally.

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Burke will have a chance to make himself a household name in the opener against Notre Dame in primetime. I think he’s going to have a great game in this new defense.