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 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.
43: Gunnar Raborn, senior kicker — McNeese
Raborn established himself as one of the best kickers in the FCS last season. He finished second in field goal percentage at 92.3, making 12-of-13 kicks with the only miss being blocked. He led the Cowboys in points for the second straight season, this time with 63, while making 27 of his 28 PAT attempts.
Raborn was a First Team All-Southland Conference selection and named on the AP All-American Second Team. He started his career at Alabama in 2014 and 2015 after being ranked the No. 1 kicker in Louisiana in 2013 by MaxPreps. He ended up at McNeese in 2016 and scored a team-high 54 points.
To make his 2017 season even more special, Cowboys punter and Gunnar's brother Bailey Raborn was his holder.
— McNeese Football (@McNeeseFootball) September 18, 2017
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