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.
49: Brock Mogensen, LB (Sr.) — South Dakota
Mogensen has lived up to his high-profile recruitment. He arrived at USD as a two-star prospect out of Farmington, Minnesota. He’s since been a four-year starter and a two-time Second Team All-MVFC honoree.
The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder tallied 56 tackles during his debut season in 2019. In four games during the 2021 spring, he had 38 tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack, and one interception to earn Second Team All-Conference accolades.
Mogensen added 86 tackles, six TFLs, and one sack in the 2021 fall. And last year as a team captain, he racked up 106 tackles and 1.5 TFLs. The 106 stops were tied for the 21st most in the FCS. Mogensen picked up All-MVFC Second Team honors again.
He was getting some NFL buzz last summer, ranking inside the Top 70 on NFL Draft Diamonds’ small-school prospects for 2023. That would have put him in the undrafted free agent contract range. Mogensen elected to return to USD for a sixth season, looking to add even more to his 286 career tackles and boost his NFL stock.
Mogensen is No. 16 in HERO Sports’ best returning FCS linebackers ranking.