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.
75: Daniel Cooney, senior offensive lineman — San Diego
Cooney is set to be the next success story for the Toreros by playing at a non-scholarship school and getting a chance in the NFL. San Diego brings in a ton of talent, as showcased by defeating a Big Sky Conference team in the playoffs the last two years. Cornerback Jamal Agnew was picked in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Cooney could be next on the list as the seventh best FCS prospect.
His size certainly stands out at 6-foot-8, 315 pounds. Cooney can move as well and is solid in pass protection, rarely allowing a sack. In fact, he had only given up one sack in two seasons at the midway point of last year, according to a San Diego Union-Tribune article.
Cooney is now an experienced player with multiple All-American honors. He'll have one more season to dominate the Pioneer League and gain even more interest from NFL scouts.
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