The top 10 players returning to the Nebraska Cornhuskers 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. Dicaprio Bootle, CB
2. Wan'Dale Robinson, RB
3. Branden Jaimes, OT
4. Deontai Williams, S
5. Marquel Dismuke, S
6. Adrian Martinez, QB
7. Dedrick Mills, RB
8. Ben Stille, Edge Defender
9. Cam Taylor-Britt, S
10. JoJo Domann, LB
Honorable Mention: Jack Stoll, TE; Boe Wilson, G; Collin Miller, LB; Trent Hixon, T
This list was headlined by JD Spielman, who instead has entered the transfer portal just a day before publishing here. So, instead, it shifts to the defensive side and becomes a defensive-heavy top 10 set of returning players for Nebraska.
Bootle may give up a few scores here and there, but when he's at the top of his game, he's a gamechanger for the Huskers defense. He regularly finds the ball at the catch point and can track it extremely well. He'll keep everything in front of him and limit the YAC and also has a ton of positional versatility, playing both strong and free safety as well as each cornerback position.
Williams, Dismuke and Taylor-Britt are just as different as they are the same at times as they're all great in coverage but each has their different abilities against the pass. Williams played just a half against South Alabama a year ago so he's more projection than anything else, but his 2018 season was something to behold. If Taylor-Britt can limit the mistakes in his tackling, he'll rocket up this list as well.
Jaimes' strong suit is his pass protection as he's rock solid at left tackle for Nebraska. Robinson can do it all and do it all safely. He didn't put the ball on the turf at all during his debut season and actually was tremendously more successful on the receiving end of Martinez's passes than he was on the ground. Harnessing his ability through the air will be pivotal for success in 2020. The duo of Mills and Robinson is a terrific duo not only in the conference, but nationally as well.
Speaking of Martinez, this year seems to be it for him to prove it, and he'll have to prove it quickly. He struggled to get the ball downfield through the air last year and if he can iron that out while also understanding defenses just a bit more, the sky is the limit with his potential at least.