The top 10 players returning to the Indiana Hoosiers 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. Michael Penix Jr., QB
2. Tiawan Mullen, CB
3. Whop Philyor, WR
4. Caleb Jones, T
5. Peyton Hendershot, TE
6. Micah McFadden, LB
7. Marcelino Ball, HUSKY
8. Stevie Scott III, RB
9. Reese Taylor CB
10. Jamar Johnson, CB
Honorable Mention: Ty Fryfogle, WR; Harry Crider, G; Matthew Bedford, T; Jerome Johnson, DI; Cam Jones, LB
Penix is the reason Peyton Ramsey transferred and the reason for so much optimism in Indiana this season. He's a left-handed thrower who exemplifies touch and accuracy on his deep throws and knows when to take something off of his attempts underneath. He quite often finds the open man or throws his receiver open for big gains and with a healthy return for 2020, should be among the best signal-callers in the conference.
Mullen is the epitome of lockdown cornerback who was so stingy in coverage last season, quarterbacks stopped throwing his way midway through the year. Even when he was tested -- I'm looking right at you Purdue -- he made them pay more often than not. He allowed fewer than half the total targets his way to be caught in 2019 and is set for big things this year.
Philyor is a true after-the-catch threat with incredible hands. He's shifty after hauling in passes and won't go down on first contact. He's also got great body control and can make mid-air adjustments look easy. Hendershot is a huge-framed target for Penix and is also a tough ask to bring down after the catch.
On defense, Ball and McFadden roam free, causing headaches for any opposing offensive coordinator. Taylor and Johnson pair nicely with Mullen manning the top spot and Cam Jones laying the boom underneath.
Scott returns in the backfield as one of the more experienced backs in the Big Ten and is set to have another solid year with a talented, experienced set of linemen in front of him.