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.
Don't let the record fool you. Despite a 3-8 record and a middling finish in the OVC, Southeast Missoui State had a sneaky good offensive line in 2017. The Redhawks' 3.99 ypc on the season ranked third in the conference, behind only Jacksonville State and Austin Peay. They were good in pass pro, too, allowing only 16 sacks on the season. On a per game basis, that actually ranks ahead of OVC titan JSU, as well as North Dakota State, South Dakota State, James Madison and Weber.
Drew Forbes, who started all 12 games at left tackle last season, was voted as the best offensive lineman by his SEMO teammates. He was also voted onto the OVC's second-team.
With both first-team tackles graduating, Forbes could become the Redhawks' first First-Team All-OVC offensive lineman since 2010 — the last year they won the conference championship.
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