The top 10 players returning to the Arkansas Razorbacks 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. Rakeen Boyd, RB
2. Bumper Pool, LB
3. Trey Knox, WR
4. Mike Woods, WR
5. Treylon Burks, WR
6. Montaric Brown, CB
7. Ricky Stromberg, G
8. Ty Clary, C
9. Joe Foucha, S
10. Gregory Brooks Jr., CB
Honorable Mention: Jarques McClellion, CB
Boyd has come a long way since his days on Last Chance U and is now one of the best running backs in the SEC. He has great change of direction and a strong burst through the line of scrimmage, all the while possessing great vision for any gap to develop. He's a 'headsy' running back, in that I mean, he is a student of the game, and it shows. He'll figure out where defenders are going before they make their move and creates a ton of extra yardage by himself.
Their trio at wide receiver should also help aid their quarterback situation this year as Burks, Knox and Woods each represent a unique challenge to guard against as a defense. Knox is the big man at 6'5, 205 and will go up over any defender in the country. Woods is a slippery guy, who despite being 6'1, plays like a much smaller, shiftier receiver at times. He'll make defenders miss with an inch of space. And Burks, though held touchdown-less last year, should certainly see a breakout year of sorts in that department as 23 of his 29 catches went for a first down.
Stromberg and Clary should also help their QB in 2020 as they return as solid pass protectors and in the run game.
On defense, this list begins with Pool who routinely makes just about every play you'd want him to. He roams the defense and patrols the middle of the field with strong instincts and great speed. He'll cover ground quickly and is terrific when he blitzes. Of course, he also great in coverage too.
Brown and Brooks combined for two picks last year as Brown was dominant in coverage as the primary defender. He allowed very few passes to go for first downs and also recorded three pass breakups. Foucha also represents a talented all-around type player, as he led the team in tackles last year but also recorded multiple plays on the ball in coverage.