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
55: Jacob Johanning, OL (Sr.) — Furman
Johanning has logged 30 career starts on Furman’s offensive line. He showed his promise early by being named to the 2020 Southern Conference All-Freshman Team. Then last season, Johanning hit another level.
The 6-foot-3, 276-pounder owned an overall PFF grade of 70.5, which was No. 30 among FCS offensive guards. His 86.9 pass-blocking grade ranked No. 6. In 471 pass-blocking reps recorded by PFF, he allowed just one sack and five hurries for a 99.2 efficiency.
Johanning was a consensus First Team All-SoCon selection by head coaches and media. He also earned Second Team AFCA All-American honors.
A career starter at guard, Johanning looks likely to move to center this year. He’s also been voted a team captain.
Furman has an experienced squad coming back after finishing 10-3 overall. The Paladins return 18 starters, eight of which are back on offense.