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.
63: Toby Sanderson, OL (Sr.) — Central Arkansas
UCA is ready to make some noise nationally this fall.
The 2019 season saw a 9-3 regular-season record and the No. 8 playoff seed. But the Bears lost right away in the second round, 24-14 to Illinois State. Last season, UCA elected to play a full fall schedule and finished 5-4, including competitive losses against NDSU and FBS UAB. The Bears then watched fellow Southland Conference member Sam Houston (a team they beat 29-25 in 2019) win the national championship in the spring.
With a ton of offensive talent back and building off of the experiences in the last two seasons, UCA is poised for a big year and is ranked just outside of our Top 10.
A big part of that offensive talent is athletic center Toby Sanderson.
Sanderson has started at the center spot since 2018 when he was a redshirt sophomore. He grew to be one of the better offensive linemen in the Southland Conference and will be a top big man in the AQ7 this fall.
The 6-foot-2, 300-pound Oklahoma native earned 2019 All-Southland Conference Third Team honors and was named to the First Team last season.
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.