The top 10 players returning to the Georgia Bulldogs 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. Jamie Newman, QB*
2. George Pickens, WR
3. Eric Stokes, CB
4. Ben Cleveland, G
5. Tyson Campbell, CB
6. Azeez Ojulari, LB
7. Richard LeCounte, S
8. Malik Herring, RE
9. Monty Rice Sr., LB
10. DJ Daniel, CB
Honorable Mention: Trey Hill, C; Dominick Blaylock, WR; Demetris Robertson, WR; Jamaree Salyer, T; Trevon Walker, DE
At this point, we all know that JT Daniels, the former USC Trojans QB, has been granted immediate eligibility and should fight with Newman for the starting quarterback spot this fall. Still, Newman is the better quarterback by a landslide and shouldn't even have an inch of doubt as to whether or not he can beat Daniels.
Newman has a great arm, great instincts and the ability to shake off any mistake he may make. There is some incredible elite-level talent in his arm and he shows it off on deep passes down the middle of the field, which are some of the best in the country.
Pickens should absolutely see the most benefit of Newman's arm in 2020 as the true sophomore had a dominant season as a freshman last year. Pickens has great body control and utilizes that in space just as well as he does along the boundary. Cleveland returns as a stalwart along the interior of the offensive line and should hear his name called early in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Then there's the defense, led by a talented secondary but perhaps run by Ojulari at linebacker. Ojulari racked up six sacks and a bevy of other pressures on the quarterback while also patrolling the middle of the field in run defense at a high level. Then chalk up his great, but underused, coverage ability, and you've got a dynamic three-down player.
Herring should also see the benefit of more snaps in the rotation, even though he didn't get home with a sack last year, he still caused a ton of havoc on the quarterback in limited reps. And that's a recipe for a breakout season in 2020.