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.
39: Ryan Toscano, LB (Jr.) — New Hampshire
Toscano has had back-to-back productive seasons for UNH’s defense.
As a redshirt freshman in 2021, he totaled 67 tackles, three tackles for loss, and two passes defended.
Last season, the 6-foot, 221-pounder flew around and made plays to the tune of 72 tackles, 4.5 TFLs, and six passes defended. Toscano had a PFF tackling grade of 73.5, missing just 9.8% of his tackle opportunities.
UNH’s defense is highlighted by the All-American defensive end duo of Dylan Ruiz and Josiah Silver. But Toscano was the team leader in tackles last fall. He looks to lead the unit again and earn postseason accolades for his play in 2023.
The Wildcats return nine of their top 11 tacklers while the offense brings back a majority of its production and four offensive line starters. After finishing 9-4 overall and 7-1 in the CAA, UNH ranks No. 14 in HERO Sports’ FCS Preseason Top 25.