Roundtree to wear No. 21 jersey

May, 18, 2012
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Roy Roundtree AP Photo/Tony DingRoy Roundtree will switch from No. 12 to the No. 21 jersey next season in honor of Desmond Howard.
ANN ARBOR, Mich.-- Roy Roundtree is changing numbers.

The fifth-year senior receiver will wear No.21 next season instead of No.12, which he wore his first four seasons.

Michigan made the number a big deal last season, honoring former Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard.

"Coach [Brady] Hoke and I discussed it and one day I came into the locker room and went to the No.12 locker and didn't see my name anymore," Roundtree said."I laughed, looked around and there it was at No.21."

Howard said in a statement he was pleased with Roundtree wearing the jersey next season.

"He's the type of kid who is always positive, upbeat and wearing a smile on his face," Howard said."Roy embraces the concept of team that was instilled in us by coach [Bo] Schembechler so many years ago."

The first time Roundtree will wear the jersey in a game will be Sept.1 against Alabama.

Michael Rothstein | email

ESPN Detroit Lions reporter

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