The top 10 players returning to the Boise State Broncos 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. Hank Bachmeier, QB
2. George Holani, RB
3. Jalen Walker, CB
4. Khalil Shakir, WR
5. Jake Stetz, G
6. Kekaula Kaniho, CB
7. CT Thomas, WR
8. Scale Igihon, DI
9. Riley Whimpey, LB
10. Avery Williams, CB
Honorable Mention: John Ojukwu, T; Benton Wickersham, LB
Bachmeier is every bit of the best quarterback in the Mountain West Conference when he's healthy. He should be back to 100% and should once again dominate, with just another year of knowledge in the system. He has a keen knowledge of when to take something off his throws and when to find his outlets. He plays tremendous football from the pocket, lighting teams up when he was kept clean. Bachmeier has a quietly strong arm with great poise and 2020 to 2021 could be the only last two years we see Bachmeier in college.
Holani, another fabulous rising sophomore, dominated action similarly in 2019. He needed just 191 carries to reach 1,016 yards and bounced off contact like he was a much, much bigger man. He's elusive and strong and makes great change-of-direction cuts look easy.
Shakir slides into an even firmer role as the team's No. 1 receiver after leading the team in targets a season ago despite playing with John Hightower. Shakir can make defenders miss in a phonebooth and has speed to burn. Thomas is a similar type player but understands how to use his smaller frame at the catch point in different ways. He can break off routes while maintaining speed with ease.
Walker is a ballhawk in the secondary, breaking up 10 passes a season ago and holding quarterbacks to a sub 50% completion percentage into his main coverage. Kaniho and Williams are solid complementary cornerbacks on a defense that will need top-notch coverage while they adjust to life without Curtis Weaver on the edge.
Stetz is the best returning offensive lineman from some margin, but that's because they're losing the services of two of the best MWC lineman over the past few years in Ezra Cleveland and John Molchon as well as Garrett Larson from center. Stetz will anchor an extremely young line but he's proven he can be dominant.