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 counting 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.
4: Jesper Horsted, Senior Wide Receiver — Princeton
There are a lot of reasons why Princeton was voted to finish second in the Ivy League this season, but none of them are bigger than the Tigers' six-foot-four receiver, Jesper Horsted.
Horsted might be a little off your radar because of where he plays, but he'd be a starting receiver on pretty much every college football team in America. The rising senior had a sick season in 2017, posting the third-highest number of catches ever recorded by any Ivy League player. In total, he had 92 catches for 1,226 yards and 14 touchdowns — all three of which were conference-best marks. He set multiple Princeton records in the process.
So yeah, Horsted (who also plays baseball at Princeton!) is pretty filthy. After an honorable mention season as a sophomore, he was named a unanimous selection to the Ivy League's First Team in 2017.
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