The top 10 players returning to the LSU Tigers 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. Derek Stingley Jr., CB
2. Ja'Marr Chase, WR
3. Cordale Flott, CB
4. Kary Vincent Jr., CB
5. Terrace Marshall, WR
6. Jacoby Stevens, S
7. Tyler Shelvin, DI
8. Austin Deculus, T
9. Damone Clark, LB
10. Glen Logan/Neil Farrell Jr., DI
Honorable Mention: Ty Davis, RB; John Emery, RB; Ed Ingram, G
It speaks a lot to be the best player returning on your team that consists of the reigning Biletnikoff Award winner, but honestly, Stingley had every right to call himself the Thorpe Award winner a season ago, and is the surefire leader in the clubhouse to land this year's Thorpe Award. He's an incredible man-cover cornerback with terrific speed, instincts and hands. He can run with any receiver in the country and plays a physical brand of coverage that absolutely stymies the competition. He's the top returning cornerback in the country and probably doesn't have to play another down of football to prove his worth as the first defensive back taken when he makes the NFL jump.
Flott, Vincent and Stevens are terrific as well, as Flott is scheduled to take the leap as his snaps increase this fall. He demonstrated great coverage skills as well as a very solid additional run defense skill set. Vincent is also tremendous in man coverage and represents a movable piece among the secondary.
Shelvin dominates the defensive line and is just as good of a pass-rusher as he is a run stuffer. Alongside the combination of Logan and Farrell, both of whom deserved a spot in the top 10 here, they're arguably the best interior defensive line group in the country.
Back to the offense, though, as they have to replace Heisman winner and No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow, but they certainly have the pieces to make that transition easy for Myles Brennan. Chase is absolutely one of the best receivers in the country as the reigning Biletnikoff Award winner, and he should have every chance to repeat this fall. He'll see a bevy of opportunities in terms of targets gone from Justin Jefferson and Thaddeus Moss, and this will be the time we get to see him as the true WR1 on his own team.