It is easy to think of a college football player as beginning his career as an 18-year-old freshman and then remaining in school for four or five years before graduation.

Some student-athletes take a more atypical path and serve their country before representing their school on the playing field.

We reached out to the 15 FCS conferences to compile a list of current football players who served in the U.S. military, and salute them with gratitude on Veterans Day.

Thomas Fischbach, Fordham

Offensive Lineman
Junior from New York
U.S. Marines
C-130 crew chief at the rank of corporal

David Garland, Columbia

Defensive Lineman
First Year from Springfield, Missouri
Served in U.S. Navy for 7.5 years

Cameron Goodson, Austin Peay

Wide Receiver
Redshirt Freshman from Frisco, Texas
U.S. Army

Tyler Huff, Furman

Graduate Student from Orange Park, Florida
U.S. Army Reserve 2nd lieutenant

Levi Moell, Dayton

Wide Receiver
Freshman from West Liberty, Ohio
U.S. Marines

Devin Slaughter, Montana State

Defensive Tackle
Junior from Sisters, Oregon
U.S. Army Ranger
Deployed to Afghanistan in 2020