The top 10 players returning to the Liberty Flames 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. Jayod Sanders, DE
2. TreShaun Clark, DE
3. Joshua Mack, RB
4. Javon Scruggs, S
5. Jimmy Faulks, CB
6. DJ Stubbs, WR
7. Kevin Shaa, WR
8. Ralfs Rusins, DI
9. Isaac Steele, S
10. Thomas Sargeant, C
Honorable Mention: Noah Frith, WR; Tristan Schultz, T; Austin Lewis, DE; Damien Bounds, G
Sanders routinely got home a year ago with pressure and that was without seeing the field too much. He fills the void left by Jessie Lemonier and forms an incredibly gifted set of edge rushers with Clark. They each recorded six sacks a season ago but Sanders got home with his sacks on half the pass-rushing snaps, proving he can truly get after it on a consistent basis.
Scruggs anchors the middle of the secondary and flies around the field with great skill. He'll free up Faulks to work one-on-one outside as he held quarterbacks to just over a 50% completion percentage into his primary coverage last year. Steele is also potentially in line for a big year if he can stay healthy and on the field.
On offense, this team has a lot of replacing to do without Stephen Calvert and Antonio Gandy-Golden. Fortunately, they have Mack who ran for 798 yards on just 137 carries last year. He scored seven times and had nearly as many broken tackles as Frankie Hickson did on nearly 50 more carries.
Mack is an every-down back and should prove that as the main returning man in the backfield.
Shaa and Stubbs should be in line for a ton more targets with the departure of AGG as they combined for 96 targets, 785 yards and five touchdowns, all nearly half of what AGG did by himself last year.