Welcome to the 2019 FCS Kickoff Jersey Countdown.
The regular season begins Saturday, Aug. 24 with Samford vs. Youngstown State in the Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff along with Villanova playing at Colgate.
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HERO Sports is going to count down each day by highlighting the best player in the FCS who wears the jersey number equal to the number of days until kickoff. You can find the running list of top players here.
*Note: Jersey numbers are from the 2018 season.
54: Haden Haas, OL (So.) — The Citadel
The Bulldogs rushed for 283.6 rushing yards per game in 2018, which ranked No. 9 in the FCS. The option offense can give defenses fits, but only with a solid offensive line.
Good thing for The Citadel is it has one of the best up-and-coming offensive linemen in the country. Haas earned HERO Sports First Team Freshman All-American honors last year along with a nod on the Southern Conference All-Freshman Team. At 6-foot-3 and 290 pounds, Haas not only started in all 11 games at center, but he played every snap in 2018.
Haas is one of 10 starters back on offense. Coming off a 5-6 season, expectations have risen for The Citadel with a preseason No. 25 ranking.
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