Welcome to the 2023 FCS Jersey Countdown.
Leading up to Week 0 games on Aug. 26, HERO Sports will name the best returning FCS player by jersey number, 99-0. Because team rosters are updated at different times across the country and to keep things consistent, jersey numbers are based on last season’s rosters.
Note: Jersey numbers are based on 2022 rosters
64: Reid Williams, OL (Jr.) — Chattanooga
Despite losing three starters from the 2021 offensive line, the Mocs still had a strong ground game last year, highlighted by Ailym Ford hitting 1,000 yards rushing for the third season.
Williams stepping into a starting role played a big part in that success as he started four games at center and four more at left guard. He was solid in pass protection as well, allowing only one sack and four hits in 228 pass-blocking reps.
The 6-foot-1, 295-pounder was named a HERO Sports Sophomore All-American and on the All-SoCon Second Team.
Chattanooga has enjoyed standout o-line play in recent years. Cole Strange was selected in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, and McClendon Curtis signed an undrafted free agent contract this year.
Williams looks to be a multi-year starter and leader for the offensive line now. It’s certainly in his blood, as his brother Bucky is a starting offensive lineman at App State who previously played at Austin Peay, where he was a 2020-21 HERO Sports FCS Sophomore All-American.