The top 10 players returning to the Charlotte 49ers 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. Chris Reynolds, QB
2. Victor Tucker, WR
3. Henry Segura, LB
4. Nafees Lyon, CB
5. Markees Watts, DE
6. Jacione Fugate, S
7. Cameron Dollar, WR
8. Tyler Ringwood, WR
9. Timmy Horne, DI
10. Jaelin Fisher, C
Honorable Mention: Jonnie Pitman, CB; Dejan Rasuo, C
Reynolds is the kind of quarterback that when he catches fire, opposing teams better watch out. He had an incredible tear of games during the back half of the season in 2019 that showcased just what he's capable of. He's an accurate passer who's far more accurate than his 61.4% completion percentage from last year showed and when the 49ers need a big play, they can count on his arm or his legs for a first down or touchdown. He recorded 868 rushing yards last season and 46 first-down runs. He is one of the country's best dual-threats at quarterback.
Tucker is a similar kind of player in the sense that he can take over games. When Reynolds needs a big-time catch, he looks Tucker's way, and rightfully so. He saw 52 receptions for 909 yards and seven scores with just two drops to his credit. That's a significantly lower number than the year prior and if that continues, his ability after the catch and with his sharp routes should see him make some NFL draft noise.
Dollar returns as a solid receiver opposite Tucker and should see even more targets this season with Micaleous Elder gone. Fisher and Rasuo have a bevy of snaps between them but they'll need to rely on them heavily after having to replace their starting tackle duo and Jalen Allen from the interior.
On defense, they'll need a new pass-rusher after the departure of Alex Highsmith to the NFL but Watts could absolutely step to be that man in 2020. Segura should also lead the team in tackles as he's the returning leader among front-seven players.
Lyon had a great season in 2019 as well, recording more plays on the ball than touchdowns allowed. Fugate also flashed in 2019, and could anchor what is set to be a young defense this fall.