The top 10 players returning to the Nevada Wolfpack 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 Elijah Cooks, WR
2. Dom Peterson, DE
3. Berdale Robins, CB
4. EJ Muhammad, CB
5. Toa Taua, RB
6. Devonte Lee, RB
7. Romeo Doubs, WR
8. Nathan Edwards, C
9. Tyson Williams, S
10. Aaron Frost, G
Honorable Mention: Nate Brown, T; Gray Davis, G; Miles Beach, T; Chris Green, DI; Sam Hammond, DE
This experienced group is sans an experienced quarterback but should still see great success in 2020. Cooks is a dominant, physical receiver who led the team with 76 receptions for 926 yards and eight scores a year ago. He's great after the catch for his massive size and can go up and grab any ball thrown his way, routinely coming away with 50-50 balls.
Peterson is a QB's worst nightmare while Robins and Muhammad are a great duo outside. Peterson recorded a team-high in pressures and nearly 10 sacks in 2019, consistently winning his pass-rushes and forcing ill-advised throws. What makes him special is the fact that he won't miss tackles if he gets near running backs, tight ends, wide receivers or quarterbacks. He flies around the field when not getting after the passer and is a great three-down threat.
Muhammad is a boom-or-bust kind of player, but routinely makes boom plays. Robins is a lockdown option outside and allowed just barely over 50% of the passes thrown his way to be caught. He made six plays on the ball compared to just 18 passes he allowed to be caught. He's a player to watch for the NFL even despite his size because he plays much bigger than 5'9, 165.
If you knew anything about Nevada in 2019, you knew about Taua as he bowled over defenders and rushed for 560 of his 806 yards after contact. Lee led the team with seven touchdowns but Taua broke 41 tackles, seemingly with ease. They're a great duo to rely on out of the backfield while Doubs adds an electric after-the-catch threat to Cooks outside.