Updated: Jul 18
The top 10 players returning to the Arizona Wildcats for the 2020 college football season.
Important to note that this list is based upon last year's data and film from on each specific team as well as judgment based upon the player's position both his skill and the level of talent around him at the said position and influential cohorts. Positional value also plays a large factor in these rankings as does the offensive or defensive scheme.
1. Grant Gunnell, QB
2. Lorenzo Burns, CB
3. Christian Roland-Wallace, CB
4. Josh McCauley, C
5. Gary Brightwell, RB
6. Tony Fields II, LB**
7. Christian Young, S
8. Colin Schooler, LB
9. Brian Casteel, WR
10. Edgar Burrola, T
Honorable Mention: Robert Congel, G; Jalen Harris, Edge; Jamarye Joiner, WR; Tayvian Cunningham, WR
[Editor's Note: Tony Fields II announced his decision to transfer just two days after this story published.]
In a very limited sample size, Gunnell was among the top signal-callers in the Pac-12 a year ago. In what should be a full season ahead of him, Gunnell can prove that he has every right to be considered up there with the likes of Kedon Slovis and Jayden Daniels heading into 2019.
He has all the arm talent to do so and he trusts his arm, which is an incredible trait to have. He can squeeze balls into tight windows and navigate through his reads with the best of them. He'll have ample opportunity to do so, and he should definitely prove he's among the best signal-callers out west.
The secondary took a hit when Scottie Young Jr. transferred but with Burns and Roland-Wallace manning the cornerback spots, they're still a star-studded group. Burns is dominant in coverage with 10 combined interceptions and pass breakups last year while Roland-Wallace allowed very few big plays whatsoever, and came away with a pick and three more pass breakups.
Young is talented in coverage as well but presents trouble for most offenses as he flies around the field with incredible open-field tackling ability.
Fields and Schooler should once again be dominant as they finished as the top two tackles from a season ago.
On offense, Brightwell has the ability to reach 1,000 yards if he gets enough carries, having averaged nearly 6.0 yards per attempt a year ago behind J.J. Taylor. He scored five times on just 66 carries and is a big-play threat with the ball in his hands.
Casteel hauled in 45 catches for just 397 yards and three scores but he did the majority of his damage after the catch, seeing a very low average depth of target. With some more open looks, Casteel could see a major breakout year with Gunnell slinging it.
**Fields has announced his decision to transfer after publication of this story**