The top 10 players returning to the Eastern Michigan Eagles 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. Blake Bogan, CB
2. Sidy Sow, G
3. Terry Myrick, LB
4. Brian Dooley, T
5. Turan Rush, DE
6. Jerodd Vines, CB
7. Quian Williams, WR
8. Mikey Haney, DE
9. Mike Van Hoeven, C
10. Woo Scott, DI
Honorable Mention: Jake Donnellon, G; Dylan Drummond, WR
Gone is Brody Hoying but back is Blake Bogan, yet another do-everything type of defensive back for the Eagles. A year ago, Bogan recorded a pick and three pass breakups despite just 33 targeted passes as the primary coverage defender. He doesn't miss many tackles and can sniff out a run play to his side with the best of them. He should absolutely be considered a lockdown cornerback because if you take away one long reception given up, he allowed fewer than 100 yards after the catch a season ago.
Also on defense, the edge-rushing duo of the aptly-named Rush and Haney should present problems for the MAC's tackles this season while Myrick should continue to fly around the ball like he has done before. Rush recorded a team-high 32 pressures last season while Myrick should see a ton more tackles with the loss of several veteran tackle leaders from years past like Kobie Beltram and Vince Calhoun as well as Hoying.
On offense, this team loses Mike Glass but does bring back the ultra-talented Sow at guard. Sow moves like a much smaller man but is as strong as an ox. He'll push you back in the run game with ease but also rarely allows pressure up the middle to get to the quarterback. Dooley is a similar type of player at right tackle, allowing just a handful of QB hits while presenting a force in the run game.
Skill players will be tough to come by for this team as they lack proven talent on roster right now, but that's not to say there isn't talent there. Williams returns as the most proven of the group, hauling in 52 passes for 661 yards and six scores while Drummond also saw success with 493 yards, albeit on two receptions than Williams.