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
68: Justin Gurth, OL (Sr.) — Lehigh
Gurth chose Lehigh over several Patriot League and Ivy League offers. He earned a starting role as a true freshman and hasn’t missed a game since.
The 6-foot-3, 300-pounder began his Lehigh career by starting all 11 games at right tackle. In 2019, he moved to center, a position better suited for him, and started another 11 games.
Gurth extended his starting streak to 25 this spring as part of Lehigh’s shortened three-game season. He was named to the All-Patriot League Second Team.
With a full fall slate ahead, Gurth looks to remain one of the most consistent and more talented offensive linemen in the Patriot League. He is following in the footsteps of his parents with a successful college career. His dad Matt played football at Western Connecticut State, and his mom Laura played basketball at New Hampshire and is the school’s No. 2 all-time leading scorer.
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.