Updated: May 21
The top 10 players returning to the Miami Hurricanes 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. Gregory Rousseau, DE
2. Quincy Roche*, DE
3. D'Eriq King*, QB
4. Brevin Jordan, TE
5. Navaughn Donaldson, G
6. Dee Wiggins, WR
7. Gurvan Hall, S
8. D.J. Ivey, CB
9. Corey Gaynor, C
10. Al Blades Jr., CB
Honorable Mention: DJ Scaife, G; Mike Harley, WR; Amari Carter, S
Rousseau is the class of not only ACC pass-rushers but perhaps the best in the nation. He can rush from the outside with great ease but possesses an incredible set of balanced hands with tremendous strength. There is no tackle he can't bend around nor any guard-center combination he can't overpower. Rousseau can also drop back in coverage and is a sure tackler in space. There's nothing he can't do.
Roche heads in from Temple where he also showed off a similar pass-rush skillset to Rousseau's, rushing from the interior and exterior with great success. Roche wasn't just preying on lesser competition either as he truly dominated even when the Owls took the Power-5 leap. King is another transfer to the Hurricanes that should immediately improve a position that truly held them back a year ago.
Donaldson moves like a much smaller man while Wiggins has the chance to break out with solid quarterback play. King had quite a rapport with Marquez Stevenson in each of their best seasons of 2018, and Wiggins' strong suits can play well with King's deep throwing ability.
Hall, Ivey and Blades Jr. had their moments in 2019 they just collectively as a unit need to improve tackling.