When Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson takes the field in 2016, fans might not recognize the senior because he will be donning a new number.
Johnson, who has previously worn No. 6, announced on his Instagram account Tuesday that he will wear No. 1 to honor former high school basketball teammate Fred Davis.
“Many may know or not know, but every day good or bad, I try to give my best and play to honor you, Fred,” Johnson wrote in the post. “Happy birthday, bruh. I love you and miss you, and I know you will continue to guide and let 2016 be our year. And I plan changing my jersey number this year for you. RIP Fred Davis #1.”
Davis, who played alongside Johnson at Carver High School in Montgomery, Ala., died at age 18 in a 2011 car accident, according to AL.com.
Former Auburn wide receiver D’haquille Williams was the last offensive player to wear No. 1 for the Tigers. Rising-senior defensive tackle Montravius Adams also wears No. 1.