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.
48: Solomon Zubairu, LB (So.) — Mercer
Zubairu is relentless off of the edge for Mercer’s defense. He led the SoCon with 10.5 tackles for loss while tallying 5.5 sacks and 41 total tackles in 2020-21.
His most dominant performance came in a big win over Chattanooga. Zubairu racked up seven tackles, three TFLs, and 1.5 sacks.
It was just his second collegiate season as Zubairu was more of a depth defensive lineman in 2019. The 6-foot-1, 250-pound Georgia native was voted to the spring’s All-SoCon First Team by the media and the Second Team by the coaches.
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.