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
74: Garret Greenfield, OL (Sr.) — South Dakota State
Last season was expected to be the last for Greenfield. But during the playoffs, Greenfield and fellow All-American SDSU offensive lineman Mason McCormick announced they will return in 2023 and use their sixth years of eligibility. All-Conference pass-catchers Jadon Janke, Jaxon Janke, and Zach Heins announced the same decision in January.
Improving their NFL Draft stock was one reason for the decision. Now Greenfield and McCormick look to run back having the best FCS offensive line as the unit remains fully intact and to win another national title.
The 6-foot-6, 305-pound tackle is a three-year starter, a two-time All-MVFC First Team selection, and earned six different All-American accolades in the 2021 spring season with four more All-American honors in 2022.
Greenfield had an overall PFF pass-blocking grade of 80.4 last season, including an 85.9 grade vs. Montana State in the semifinals and 87.5 vs. North Dakota State in the championship game. In 419 pass-blocking reps, he allowed only two sacks and nine hurries, earning an efficiency rating of 98.1.
Greenfield ranks No. 3 while McCormick is No. 1 on HERO Sports’ best returning FCS offensive lineman ranking.
SDSU is No. 1 in our FCS Preseason Top 25, returning 19 offensive and defensive starters from last year’s championship squad.