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July 13, 2016

(STATS) - Sure, you can search the Internet and have an answer just a click away.

But this is the FCS, where they play with instincts.

Stopping that All-America running back or pass rusher has to be managed in a split second - or it's not managed at all.

The 2016 FCS season is fast approaching and it promises to be thrilling.

But how well do you know the national landscape?

Take our 10-question quiz to see where you fall on the depth chart. The answers are below, so don't call a quarterback sneak-peek.---=

Questions=

1. This season, North Dakota State, the five-time reigning national champion, is playing the only team to beat it in its FCS playoff history. What is that team?

2. The active career rushing leader in the FCS stands only 5 feet, 6 inches. Who is this backflip sensation?

3. Richmond All-America safety David Jones had a record-setting performance in a homecoming win over Albany last season. How many takeaways did he have in the game?

4. Which program led the FCS in home attendance average last season?

5. Jacksonville State has lost to two top programs in the last two FCS playoffs - Sam Houston State in 2014 and North Dakota State in last year's final. How many FCS teams have beaten the Gamecocks in the last two regular seasons?

6. Playing the toughest schedule in the regular season last year helped a team become the first in FCS history to gain an at-large playoff bid with a 6-5 record. What was that team?

7. After considering a jump to the NFL, Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp returns for his senior season with the chance to win a second straight STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year award. Nobody in the top 10 of last year's voting for defensive player of the year is back. At No. 11, who is the top-returning vote-getter: a.) Sam Houston State defensive end P.J. Hall, b.) Duquesne linebacker Christian Kuntz, c.) Alabama State linebacker Kourtney Berry or d.) The Citadel cornerback Dee Delaney?

8. North Dakota State enters the season with the longest winning streak in the FCS at nine games. Which team is second with seven straight wins: a.) North Carolina Central, b.) San Diego or c.) Penn?

9. OK, a two-part question: What are the largest and smallest FCS conferences?

10. Which FCS championship-winning coach announced his retirement effective at season's end?

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Answers=

1. Eastern Washington beat North Dakota State 38-31 in overtime in the 2010 playoff quarterfinals and went on to win the FCS national championship. They will meet for the first time in nearly six years on Sept. 10 inside the Fargodome.

2. North Carolina A&T senior Tarik Cohen seeks to add a fourth straight 1,000-yard season to his career total of 4,031 rushing yards - the most among active FCS players. He's been a YouTube and "SportsCenter" sensation for being able to catch a football while backflipping.

3. Beware the tricky question - Jones had five takeaways in Richmond's 38-31 win. He set a school record and tied the CAA Football standard with four interceptions, but he also had a fumble recovery in the game.

4. OK, that should have been easy: Montana led the FCS in home attendance average for the third straight season, drawing 24,139 fans on average over seven games.

5. Jacksonville State hasn't lost to any FCS programs in the last two regular seasons. That includes 16-0 against Ohio Valley Conference opponents in coach John Grass' first two seasons.

6. After going 6-5 in the regular season, Western Illinois was one of five playoff qualifiers from the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The Leathernecks beat Dayton and lost to Illinois State in the playoffs.

7. It might surprise some people, but Duquesne linebacker Christian Kuntz, the Northeast Conference's defensive player of the year, is the top-returning vote-getter from the 2015 STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Year voting.

8. North Carolina Central won its final seven games to finish 8-3 and in a first-place tie in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with North Carolina A&T and Bethune-Cookman.

9. You need both answers right: The Big Sky is the largest FCS conference with 13 teams (Idaho will make it 14 in 2018) and the Big South is the smallest at six following Coastal Carolina's departure.

10. Villanova's Andy Talley, who guided the Wildcats to the 2009 FCS championship, will retire after his 32nd season at the school. 'Nova ends the regular season against rival Delaware on Nov. 19.

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Starter, Backup or Keep Training=

So how well do you know the FCS?

The questions were at a reasonable level. With six or more correct answers, consider yourself a starting player. Five right and you are on the two-deep. Less than half right? Well, keep following the FCS.

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