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
69: Ryan Coll, OL (Sr.) — Richmond
It’s been a long career of progression for Coll.
Ranked the No. 14 OL recruit by HERO Sports in the class of 2019, he made an immediate impact as a true freshman offensive lineman/tight end hybrid. Coll started seven games at TE before moving full-time to OL the following season in the 2021 spring.
Coll was slotted at left guard, but a leg injury in the opener ended his season.
Coll returned to the lineup in the 2021 fall and started six games.
Then last year, Coll made the move to left tackle and developed into a standout player. He started all 13 games, helping the Spiders rank No. 4 in CAA scoring offense.
Coll had an offensive grade of 70.0 on PFF with a pass-blocking grade of 73.9. In 592 pass-blocking reps recorded by PFF, he allowed four sacks, two hits, and 18 hurries for a 97.6 efficiency. Five of those hurries came in Game 1 vs. Virginia as Coll was still settling into his new position. He then had six games throughout the season with a 99.0 or 100.0 pass-blocking efficiency.
Coll was named on the All-CAA First Team and earned Second Team AP All-American honors.
The 6-foot-5, 324-pounder’s size and play have caught the eye of NFL scouts and all-star game directors.
Coll is No. 13 on HERO Sports’ best returning FCS offensive linemen ranking. And the Spiders are ranked No. 23 on our FCS Preseason Top 25 after finishing 2022 with a 9-4 overall record that featured a first-round playoff win over Davidson.