The No. 47 jersey was brought along to every Dos Palos game last year.
It stayed tucked away on the DP sideline, almost teasing Shawn Demmers.
The jersey was there just in case the team needed Demmers to switch numbers so he could move from offensive tackle to tight end.
Demmers never got to make the change.
Now he will.
"Anywhere coach asks me to play, I'll play," Demmers said.
That's the answer Demmers, an ultimate team player, is supposed to say.
The last two years Demmers has been DP's Human Eraser, leaving a wake of unfortunate defensive linemen and linebackers, as he clears holes for Dos Palos running back Kevin Schofield.
However, even Demmers has a hard time hiding his excitement at the possibility of getting involved in the passing game.
"When coach called me into his office and told me about the switch, I told him I'd play wherever he wants me to, but I was pretty excited to make the switch," Demmers said.
"Being a lineman, it's not a glory position. It's more about getting down and dirty in the trenches, which I liked. But to catch a pass, maybe get my name in the paper would be cool."
Position changes are nothing new to the third-year varsity starter.
Demmers was called up for the playoffs as a freshman and actually started a game against Taft at center.
He played center his sophomore year and then was moved to tackle last year.
Now the 6-foot-2, 235-pound senior is moving one spot down the line of scrimmage.
"After moving from center to tackle, he knows all the line blocking," Dos Palos head coach Mike Sparks said. "He's got good enough size and speed to be a target over the middle.
"He's a smart kid. We kind of teased him with the idea of getting the ball last year. He might be a kid that goes on to play tight end in college."
Sparks is putting more of an emphasis on the passing game this year. That statement might cause a lot of jaws to drop in Dos Palos.
However, it's not what you think.
"When I say we need to improve the passing game it doesn't mean we're going to throw the ball more," Sparks said. "It just means we need to do a better job when we do."
No, expect plenty of handoffs to Schofield, our Iron Horse, who led the area with 1,926 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns.
Schofield's 305 carries were more than 130 more than any other player in the area.
Not that Schofield had any complaints.
If Schofield ever gets tired, Sparks can turn to senior David Quiroz.
"Quiroz is a completely different player," Sparks said. "They will split time at tailback because they both play defense.
"David is more of a scat-back. Schofield will try to run you over. Quiroz will plant a foot and run away."
Most people expect the move from the North Sequoia League to the West Sierra League will be an easy transition for Schofield and company.
Dos Palos returns everybody on offense and seven players on defense.
"Everyone tells us we should walk through it, but we know we've got a lot of work to do," Sparks said. "It doesn't matter what people think should happen. We can't relax."
A league championship and a long playoff run would be a good way to send Sparks out in his final year.
"I always try to do my best whether it's coach's last season or not," Demmers said. "As a leader, I'll do what I can to get the team rallied so we can go as far as we can."