The top 10 players returning to the FAU Owls 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 Robison, QB
2. Malcolm Davidson, RB
3. Leighton McCarthy, DE
4. Zyon Gilbert, S
5. Ahman Ross, S
6. John Mitchell, WR
7. Hosea Barnwell V, LB
8. Marquice Robinson, T
9. Quran Hafiz, S
10. Nick Weber, G
Honorable Mention: Caliph Brice, LB; BJ Etienne, G; Desmond Noel, G
He'll be without his top target in Hunter Bryant but Chris Robison proved why he was a Power-5 quarterback at one point in his career a season ago. He connected on multiple shots downfield with a great arm and had great poise in the pocket, demonstrated by his ridiculous 24:4 TD:INT ratio when kept free from pressure. He'll have to demonstrate a bit more touch on his passes or a bit better decision-making when the play breaks down, but he's unstoppable when he is given time in the backfield.
Davidson tallied just 103 carries last year but torched the ground for 713 yards to average 6.9 yards a carry. He scored nine times as well and he wasn't just a boom-or-bust kind of runner as he recorded another 25 first-down carries as well. Weber and Robinson return to the offensive line with nearly 2,000 combined snaps from a season ago. Mitchell is the top receiving threat returning and should absolutely see the benefit of Bryant's NFL jettison.
On defense, McCarthy anchors the defensive line and his seven sacks were a team-best last year. He'll need to add a bit more consistency to his pass-rush but his proven ability to get to the quarterback was demonstrated last year.
Hafiz, Gilbert and Ross will need to combine to make as many plays as they can after the loss of CB Meiko Dotson to transfer. Barnwell has been around the program for years and should see a career-high in tackles this fall, pencil it in, as he has to replace Akileis Leroy and his near-100 total tackles from 2019. He can absolutely be that guy, though.