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.
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HERO Sports is going to count 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.
If you thought leaving the 60s behind would be the end of the offensive lineman portion of our countdown, think again. One of our All-American selections rocks No. 58 with a youthful smile on his face.
Larsen, a true sophomore in 2017 who started all 12 games at center for the Thunderbirds, snapped the ball for a pretty accomplished SUU squad last fall. The Thunderbirds surprised many with a Big Sky conference championship, a top-40 rushing offense (173 ypg) and a seeded berth in the FCS playoffs.
Larsen, in his first year of regular competition, earned a place on the Big Sky's first team; earlier this month, we named him to our preseason All-America list as a second-teamer.
We expect more big things from Larsen and the offensive line at SUU in 2018, as most of the unit returns for 2018.
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