The countdown to the 2018 college football season is on. Four FCS teams are in action Aug. 25 as Duquesne takes on UMass, Prairie View faces Rice and North Carolina A&T and Jacksonville State square off in ESPN’s FCS Kickoff.
HERO Sports is coutning down each day by highlighting the best player in FCS football who wears the jersey number of the number of days to kickoff. You can find the running list of top players here.
*Note: Jersey numbers are from the 2017 season.
16: Jerry Louie-McGee, junior wide receiver — Montana
Montana's young, shifty punt returner is growing up fast.
JLM will be a redshirt junior in 2018, with plenty of accolades behind him, and perhaps a few records in front of him, too. The combination receiver/return specialist led the Griz in receiving in 2016, which earned him a spot as a finalist for the Jerry Rice award.
Last season, as a sophomore, Louie-McGee racked up exactly 1,000 yards of total offense, with 54 rushing yards, 645 receiving yards, 150 punt return yards, and 151 kickoff return yards. When Montana needs to move the ball, JLM can do it all.
Louie-McGee, who is underrated as a possession receiver, already has 133 career catches, with two years still left to play. He ranked ninth in the Big Sky last year with 4.5 catches per game, which earned him an Honorable Mention spot on the All-Conference list. We're thinking a third-straight all-purpose 1,000 yard season likely lies ahead in 2018.
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