The top 10 players returning to the Buffalo Bulls 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 Jaret Patterson, RB
2. Malcolm Koonce, DE
3. Taylor Riggins, DE
4. Kayode Awosika, T
5. Kyle Vantrease, QB
6. Kadofi Wright, LB
7. Aapri Washington, CB
8. Kevin Marks, RB
9. James Patterson, LB
10. Mike Novitsky, C
Honorable Mention: Antonio Nunn, WR; Tyrone Hill, S
Patterson not only ripped off 1,804 total rushing yards last season, he racked up 1,125 yards after contact with a defender. That's just astounding and that proves that he should be able to do similar damage, even with the loss of multiple talented linemen in front of him. Patterson is a shifty, home-run threat who needs just a simple crease to take it to the house. He's every bit of the top Group of 5 running back and in contention as best running back in the country.
Koonce may have one of the best get-offs in the entire nation as well, and he can wreak havoc on offensive lines from either side. Riggins and Koonce formulate one of the top pass-rushing threats in the nation heading into this season. With Wright and Patterson behind them and Washington manning one side of the defense, this is an 11-man unit that should strike fear into opposing offenses.
On the Bulls offensive side of the ball, and not named Patterson, they return Vantrease, who really took to the quarterback position down the stretch. Awosika was dominant at right tackle and has positional versatility to potentially move around to fill the void of the losses on the OL.
Marks was a terrific complement to Patterson last year and that shouldn't change this year.