The top 10 players returning to the Colorado State Rams 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. Warren Jackson, WR
2. Dante Wright, WR
3. Trey McBride, TE
4. Patrick O'Brien, QB
5. Manny Jones, DE
6. Logan Stewart, S
7. Barry Wesley, T
8. Marshaun Cameron, CB
9. Dequan Jackson, LB
10. Nate Craig-Myers, WR
Honorable Mention: Ellison Hubbard, DI; Cam'ron Carter, LB; Scott Brooks, C; Marcus McElroy, RB
This pass-catching trio is seemingly unstoppable, and even in the face of multiple quarterbacks a year ago, they still thrived. Jackson is the go-to man on the outside and hauled in 77 catches for well over 1,100 yards a year ago. He is a contested-catch winner but also a dominant after-the-catch threat in space.
Then there's Wright, who honestly may be one of the best returning slot receivers in the entire Group of 5. He quite literally is a threat to take any reception the distance and his 541 yards after the catch were among the most in the country last year. He makes any defender miss with ease and adds great value in the return game as well.
McBride is an NFL tight end and his 560 yards were third on the team last year while his four touchdowns tied for second-most. Like his teammates, he can dominate after the catch and routinely bounces off contact with much smaller defensive backs to generate more yardage. He is also an incredible blocker.
Then there's O'Brien who took over at quarterback after Collin Hill's injury. The former Nebraska quarterback is primed for a big year with that trio for him to get the ball to and he should see all the chances to have a big year. More games like he had against New Mexico and in the middle of the season -- and this offense could be unstoppable.
Jones led the team in pressures as he routinely got home around the edge. Stewart and Cameron were solid in coverage a year ago, bending more than breaking, and recording a bevy of plays on the ball. They'll once again be counted on to anchor this defense, something they proved they can do a year ago with great instincts and technique.
Hubbard is in line for a breakout year on the inside if he can consistently rush the passer.