Welcome to the 2020 FCS Jersey Countdown.
Throughout the May-August months, HERO Sports is going to name the best returning FCS player by jersey number, 99-1. Due to rosters being updated at different times for teams across the country and to keep things consistent, jersey numbers are based on the 2019 season.
*Note: Jersey numbers are based on 2019 rosters.
24: BRANDON EASTERLING, DB (SR.) — DAYTON
Easterling is wearing No. 1 in 2020.
Dayton tight end Adam Trautman was selected in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft. While watching Trautman last year, NFL scouts were drawn to another Dayton player.
Junior safety Brandon Easterling had an eye-opening 2019 season. He totaled 140 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, six interceptions, 10 passes defended and three forced fumbles.
Easterling earned First Team All-Pioneer Football League honors, was named an All-American by HERO Sports, STATS and the AP and finished eighth in voting for the Buck Buchanan Award, given to the best FCS defensive player.
At 6-foot and 205 pounds, Easterling is a physical tackler playing the run and a hawk when the ball is in the air.
The HERO Sports Preseason First Team All-American is a big-time NFL Draft prospect and one of the best defensive players in the FCS this season.