The top 10 players returning to the Ohio State Buckeyes 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. Justin Fields, QB
2. Wyatt Davis, G
3. Trey Sermon, RB*
4. Chris Olave, WR
5. Garrett Wilson, WR
6. Shaun Wade, CB
7. Baron Browning, LB
8. Thayer Munford, T
9. Tuf Borland, LB
10. Tyreke Smith, Edge Defender
Honorable Mention: Sevyn Banks, CB; Pete Werner, LB; Master Teague, RB; Jeremy Ruckert, TE; Luke Farrell, TE
There isn't much more to prove for Fields at this stage and he's primed to headline all the talk of the first vs second pick in the 2021 NFL Draft conversation between him and Trevor Lawrence. Fields is arguably the nation's top returning passer from the pocket as he proved in 2019 that he was so far beyond just a 'dual-threat' quarterback. He routinely hits throws that only the top echelon of quarterbacks can hit and always keeps his eyes downfield.
Davis is a stalwart along the offensive line and one of the better players on the interior of any offensive line in the country. He can move defenders in the run game with strength and has great technique in pass protection.
The wild card here is the health of Master Teague but fortunately for the Buckeyes, they transferred in the services of Trey Sermon, the dynamic former Oklahoma running back who possesses the nation's best jump cut. He can make defenders miss at the blink of an eye and has the proverbial 'next step' in his runs downfield as well.
Olave and Wilson are primed to fill the vacated targets from KJ Hill and Binjimen Victor, among others, as Wilson showcased what made him such a highly sought after recruit in his first year in Columbus.
Browning and Borland are an incredible duo at linebacker and should make a ton of noise with Werner as well. They lack a pure, top edge rusher for the first time in years but Tyreke Smith has the best DL coach to learn from in Larry Johnson, so don't be surprised if he makes that leap as well.