Captaincy would mean a lot to Roundtree

April, 13, 2012
Roy RoundtreeRick Osentoski/US PresswireWR Roy Roundtree says if he landed the captaincy it would be 'a dream come true.'
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan wide receiver Roy Roundtree knows being a captain of the Wolverines his senior season isn’t a decision that is up to him.

But if it happens -- it would mean a lot to him.

“Since I’ve been here I’ve always worked hard as a student-athlete and it’s up to the players to vote on that. That ain’t the coaches,” Roundtree said Friday night before the Braylon Edwards Foundation Celebrity Basketball Game. “It’s the players and if you’ve got that bond and leadership aspect that all the younger players see on our team, then hey, if I become a captain that’d be a dream come true.”

Roundtree also said wearing the vaunted No. 1 jersey -- something tied to the namesake of the charity game Friday -- would be special but not something he is focused on.
Growing up in Ohio, he did look at Edwards as an idol. Wearing Edwards’ jersey number, though, isn’t up to him. That’s a decision Michigan’s coaches make.

“I ain’t worried about that,” Roundtree said. “It’s just a number that’s a traditional number and one day another wide receiver will wear that blessed number.

“Right now, I’m going to keep wearing number 12.”

On Friday night, however, Roundtree was one of the coaches in the Edwards game, joining teammates Denard Robinson and Alex Swieca as coaches. His strategy Friday night was simple.

Run-and-gun -- and get the ball to his best players, former Michigan guards Zack Novak and Stu Douglass.

“I want them to shoot everything,” Roundtree said. “I want them to get 100 points on the board.”

Michael Rothstein | email

ESPN Detroit Lions reporter



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