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
Junior from New York
C-130 crew chief at the rank of corporal
David Garland, Columbia
First Year from Springfield, Missouri
Served in U.S. Navy for 7.5 years
Cameron Goodson, Austin Peay
Redshirt Freshman from Frisco, Texas
Tyler Huff, Furman
Graduate Student from Orange Park, Florida
U.S. Army Reserve 2nd lieutenant
Levi Moell, Dayton
Freshman from West Liberty, Ohio
Devin Slaughter, Montana State
Junior from Sisters, Oregon
U.S. Army Ranger
Deployed to Afghanistan in 2020