Pitcher Andre Duplantier II returns to Longhorns

Texas’ Andre Duplantier II isn’t the first Longhorn to wear the No. 88 jersey.

Casey Cain and Barryn Sorrell have both worn that number in the past year. Cedric Reed once earned all-conference honors while donning No. 88. But Cain, Sorrell and Reed are football players. Duplantier plays baseball.

Now, he knows what you’re about to ask. It was certainly asked at Texas – a baseball program that had never before had a letterman wear a jersey number higher than 58 – after Duplantier asked to trade in the No. 17 he was originally assigned.

“Whenever I first started playing baseball, that was the number I went with,” Duplantier, a redshirt freshman, recently recalled. “I remember (people) telling me, ‘Why do you want 88? That’s a football number.’ They almost got me off of it. I was going to change my number and my dad was like, ‘Nah, just wear 88, if that’s what you pick.’ Since then, 88’s been the number. “

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