The top 10 players returning to the North Texas Mean Green 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. Jaelon Darden, WR
2. Dion Novil, DI
3. Jyaire Shorter, WR
4. Tre Siggers, RB
5. Tyreke Davis, LB
6. Manase Mose, G
7. Jacob Brammer, T
8. KD Davis, LB
9. Cam Johnson, CB
10. Joe Ozougwu, LB
Honorable Mention: DeAndre Torrey, RB; Brian Parish, T
Darden and Shorter should absolutely see not only an uptick in targets their way this fall, but also a big uptick in production. They have all the ability to do so, especially Darden. Hauling in 735 yards and 12 touchdowns last year alone, that's saying something for Darden. With Rico Bussey officially transferred to Hawaii, this unit enters the year with 21 touchdowns combined from their top two receivers alone, and that should be a number they could eclipse in 2020.
Novil is an absolute force on the inside as well, recording a bevy of pressures including five sacks last year. He'll stuff the run just the same and should be on the shortlist for C-USA Defensive Player of the Year this fall. Both Tyreke and KD Davis are fly-around-the-field type linebackers, who excel in space. They bring down ballcarriers at the line of scrimmage and add a dynamic ability on the pass-rush as well. They're as good as any LB duo in the conference.
Elsewhere on offense, Siggers and Torrey are a great 1-2 punch with Siggers adding the explosiveness and power through contact. Torrey had nearly 1,000 yards back in 2018, so he has all the ability as well but it's the Siggers show once again this fall after he averaged 5.6 yards per carry and broke a tackle on seemingly every other carry.
Mose is a NFL-caliber guard while Brammer and Parish are great bookends while the quarterback situation gets worked out.