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.
74: Noah Johnson, junior offensive lineman – Idaho
If Big Sky newcomer Idaho wants to contend in its first year, it'll need to keep pace with the rest of the offensively-minded league. That'll start with the big guys on the Vandals' offensive line. The best of them? Six-foot-four Noah Johnson.
A western transplant who played high school ball in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Johnson was one of only two offensive players from the Vandals to make one of the Sun Belt's two All-Conference teams in 2017. His high level of play should continue in the FCS.
With three senior lineman graduating from the Big Sky's first team, Noah Johnson could immediately be seen as a premiere offensive lineman out west in 2018.
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