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.
33: Zane Dudek, sophomore running back — Yale
Dudek couldn't have asked for a better true freshman season – Phil Steele FCS Offensive Freshman of the Year, Finalist for Jerry Rice Award for FCS Freshman of the Year, Ivy League Rookie of the Year, First Team All-Ivy League and a HERO Sports Freshman All-American.
He racked up the postseason accolades as his list of statistics he led the Ivy League in was just as long – 1,133 yards rushing, 113.3 yards per game, 15 rushing touchdowns, 7.1 yards per carry, 16 overall touchdowns, 96 points and 134.5 all-purpose yards a game.
The dude's a man. And he's only going to get better as he was named on our preseason All-American Second Team.
"I look at each play as a chance to score a touchdown," Dudek told the Hartford Courant last November. "But when it's not there, that's when I have to realize, just get four or five yards instead of looking to bounce it outside on every play."
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