The top 10 players returning to the Ohio Bobcats 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. Ilyaas Motley, CB
2. Kurtis Rourke, QB
3. Ryan Luehrman, TE
4. Austin Conrad, DE
5. O'Shaan Allison & De'Montre Tuggle, RB(s)
6. Shane Hooks, WR
7. Jared Dorsa, LB
8. Isaih Cox, WR
9. Will Evans, DE
10. Keye Thompson, LB
Honorable Mention: Jarren Hampton, S; Marlin Brooks, CB; Nick Sink, C; Hagen Meservy, G
There is yet another Rourke in charge of the Bobcats offense in 2020 after what felt like a decade's worth of Nathan Rourke moments. Kurtis takes over and has been said by some within the Athens community that Kurtis is even more athletic than his older brother. If that's the case, then look no further for your top MAC QB over the next few years. A solid 2020 will absolutely showcase the Kurtis Rourke name and though we won't forget about Nathan anytime soon, will certainly make us all glad that the Canadian pipeline to Athens exists.
So, elsewhere on this team, Luehrman is likely an NFL tight end and hauled in 28 passes for 360 yards with five scores. Hooks also had five scores on 26 catches and ripped off 19.8 yards per catch last season. Cox racked up the yards after the catch and with these three weapons as well as Allison and Tuggle in the backfield, this is one of the more stacked units of skill players in the conference.
Back to the top, however, and that's Motley after he recorded an interception and four pass breakups last season. He allowed fewer than 50% of the targets thrown his way to be caught and did so with incredibly sticky coverage. He's a sound tackler and should be in the running for top cornerback in the MAC this season.
Conrad led the team in pressures and sacks last season while Thompson flashed in limited action as well. Evans adds another talented pass-rusher and though this team is relatively young on defense, they still have talented players with proven high-level production returning.