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.
25: MICHAEL TUTSIE, DB (JR.) — NORTH DAKOTA STATE
A two-star recruit out of high school, Tutsie drew praise from his coaches in his early years at NDSU. He played in 12 games as a redshirt freshman in 2018 and showed he was ready to step into a starting role in 2019.
Tutsie proved he was the next in line of great Bison strong safeties last year, finishing second on the team with 105 total tackles and leading the MVFC with seven interceptions, which tied for the second-most in the FCS. The 5-foot-10, 197-pounder had four interceptions in a stretch of three September games.
He also picked off a pass in the first three playoff games. Tutsie earned All-MVFC Honorable Mention honors and was named a HERO Sports Sophomore All-American.
He enters 2020 a HERO Sports Second Team All-American.