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.
82: Sergio Morancy, WR (Jr.) — Northern Iowa
UNI will own one of the most explosive passing attacks in the FCS this fall, led by top-tier quarterback Theo Day and an array of weapons. Three of UNI’s top four wide receivers return from last year (Sam Schnee, Sergio Morancy, and Logan Wolf) along with its top tight end (Alex Allen).
Morancy looks to take on an even bigger role after a breakout sophomore season that saw him finish third on the team in catches (26) and receiving yards (510) while having a team-high six receiving touchdowns.
He is a big target (6-foot-3, 185 pounds) who can stretch a defense vertically. Morancy’s speed is a dangerous combination with Day’s cannon of a right arm.
Morancy has delivered on big expectations after arriving at UNI from Naples, Florida as a three-star recruit. He chose the Panthers over offers from App State, Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Kentucky, Toledo, Tulane, USF, Virginia, and Wake Forest, according to 247Sports.
He saw action in seven games in 2021 before becoming an impact player last fall. Morancy is now poised for an All-MVFC-level season this year after finishing 2022 strong. Five of his touchdowns came in the second half of the season, and Morancy’s four highest receiving yard games came in his final four contests, including 135 yards in the season finale.
UNI’s year ended before the playoffs, finishing 6-5. The last time the Panthers missed the postseason in back-to-back seasons was 2012 and 2013. Led by what should be a terrific offense, UNI eyes a return to the bracket.