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.
33: Kayvon Britten, RB (Jr.) — Tarleton State
Note: Jersey numbers are based on 2022 rosters. Britten wore No. 33 last year at Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Britten was a great get for Tarleton out of the transfer portal. He joins a backfield that already has 2022 1,000-yard rusher Derrel Kelley III.
Last season at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Britten enjoyed a breakout year. He rushed 199 times for 1,063 yards and 16 touchdowns in 11 games, adding 36 receptions for 149 yards. His 16 rushing TDs led the SWAC and were the fifth most in the FCS.
The 5-foot-7, 195-pounder had an overall PFF offensive grade of 84.7, which was No. 20 among FCS running backs. And his 91.4 rushing grade ranked No. 7.
Britten was named First Team All-SWAC and a HERO Sports Sophomore All-American.
Tarleton now has two 1,000-yard rushers on the roster, and its two leading receivers are back in Darius Cooper (54 catches, 1,063 yards, nine TDs) and Jaden Smith (48 catches, 822 yards, 10 TDs).
Britten is No. 13 on HERO Sports’ best returning FCS running backs ranking, and Kelley is No. 17.
The Texans scored 31.0 points per game last season and finished 6-5.