Leading up to Week 0 games on Aug. 28, HERO Sports is going to name the best returning FCS player by jersey number, 99-0. Due to rosters being updated at different times for teams across the country and to keep things consistent, jersey numbers are based on the 2020 fall-2021 spring season.
Note: Jersey numbers are based on 2020 fall-2021 spring rosters.
45: Aubrey Miller Jr., LB (Sr.) — Jackson State
Miller was a four-star recruit by 247Sports and the No. 13 outside linebacker in the 2017 recruiting class. After signing with Missouri, he saw action right away as a true freshman. But after a few seasons of contributing as a special teams player and backup linebacker, plus being slowed down by injuries, he decided to transfer.
Miller joined Jackson State and had a standout debut season in the spring.
In just five games played, the 6-foot-2, 225-pounder totaled 51 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks. Miller joined fellow linebacker Keonte Hampton on the All-SWAC First Team as the two were No. 1 and No. 2 in tackles in the conference. Hampton ended with 57 tackles.
With the two elite linebackers and some more talent coming in, Jackson State looks to improve on its 26.0 points allowed a game (52nd in the FCS) from the spring to compete in a loaded SWAC title race.
Sam’s coverage of the FCS began in 2012 as the sports editor and eventual editor-in-chief of NDSU’s The Spectrum. After graduating in 2015, he spent three years in the newspaper and magazine industry while starting his work for HERO Sports in the fall of 2016 as a freelancer. In May 2018, he joined the website full time as the Senior FCS Analyst.