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.
77: Jack Badovinac, OL (Jr.) — Colgate
Badovinac is set to start his 21st straight game when Colgate kicks off the 2019 season August 24 against Villanova. The 6-foot-2, 290-pound guard started the last eight games of his freshman season and all 12 games last year.
The Raiders went on a memorable run in 2018, finishing 10-2 with a trip the quarterfinals. They did it with outstanding defense, an efficient passing attack and the legs of James Holland. The unsung heroes of the squad, as is the case with any football team, were the big fellas up front on offense.
Badovinac was a leader on the unit and honored with All-Patriot League First Team and HERO Sports Sophomore All-American honors.
He enters his junior year a HERO Sports preseason Third Team All-American.
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