The top 10 players returning to the Army Black Knights 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. Jabari Laws, QB
2. Peyton Reeder, C
3. Cedrick Cunningham Jr., S
4. Javhari Bourdeau, CB
5. Luke McCleery, T
6. Alex Herndon, T
7. Jeremiah Lowery, LB
8. Arik Smith, LB
9. Sandon McCoy, RB
10. Kwabena Bonsu, DI
Honorable Mention: Cameron Jones, S; Artice Hobbs IV, RB
Laws saw just 10 games of action and only just barely 200 snaps last season in relief of Kelvin Hopkins, but with the latter now graduated, it's Laws' time to shine. He proved in 2019 to be a talented runner and leader of the offense, rushing for 504 yards on his 73 carries, breaking multiple tackles along the way. He has a great sense of the option offense for such a young age and has great speed as well. Laws learned from a good one in Hopkins and the transition to him running the show in 2020 could be seamless.
Reeder, McCleery and Herndon are talented run blockers, obviously, and they clear wide-open lanes more often than not. Reeder has positional versatility as well, playing some guard a season ago to boot.
Cunningham lays the boom and is a solid tackler in space. He has great range in coverage and does his part when a blitz is called as well. Bourdeau had an interception and multiple pass breakups in coverage last year and he returns as the best player in coverage for Army in 2020.
Lowery and Smith will have their work cut out for them but had their moments in 2019. Lowery can play along the edge with great bend while Smith will have ample tackle opportunities with some key losses on defense for the Black Knights when they return to the field this fall.