The top 10 players returning to the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 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. Cortez Davis, CB
2. Jared Smart, WR
3. Miles Reed, RB
4. Chevan Cordeiro, QB
5. Taaga Tuulima, C
6. Eugene Ford, S
7. Ilm Manning, T
8. Gene Pryor, T
9. Jeremiah Pritchard, LB
10. Khoury Bethley, S
Honorable Mention: Darius Muassau, LB; Solo Vaipulu, G; Melquise Stovall, WR
Davis locked down receivers in his coverage a year ago and was surprisingly an incredibly-gifted tackler in space. He was heavily targeted and outside of maybe one or two lapses, really held his own against some talented QB-WR combinations. He can play off or press coverage without much of a discrepancy but really shines when he can match up one-on-one with any type of receiver.
Also on defense, Ford and Pritchard man the middle of the field and Bethley patrols the back end. Ford is likely the second-best coverage defender for Hawaii this year and Pritchard will rack up the tackles, once again.
Reed could very easily hit the 1,000-yard plateau this year after he broke over 40 tackles in space a season ago. He's dominant on the ground and can run over defenders just as quick as juke them out of their shoes.
Smart was targeted a whopping 126 times and was one of three receivers to total over 1,100 receiving yards last year. With JoJo Ward and Cedric Byrd gone, he'll take the mantle as the No. 1 receiver in the newfound Hawaii offense. While it won't quite be the same as with Nick Rolovich calling the shots on offense, Smart will still form a formidable pair with Cordeiro, who shined in his limited duties and even pushed Cole McDonald for the starting spot all lastyear.