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“We all wanted to change for a while now,” Pugh said. “It didn’t work out with the last coaching staff. With the new coaches, they didn’t care. It was up to us. The three senior linebackers, we all wanted to do something cool for our last year, so we did 2, 3 and 4.”
The Huskies’ leading tackler a season ago, Jones-Davis (130 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss) returns after starting all 14 games and earning first-team All-Mid-American Conference honors.
Pugh was a second-team All-MAC linebacker who tallied 106 tackles, including five for loss.
Deveaux, who registered 67 tackles last season, joins fellow Florida product Jones-Davis as pals in one of the more experienced position groups in the conference. Deveaux had wanted to change his number for years, as well.
“We just got together and talked about it,” Deveaux said. “We [wanted] to do something in numerical order, so we decided 2, 3, 4 and thought it looked nice.”