The top 10 players returning to the Oklahoma State Cowboys 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.
1A. Tylan Wallace, WR
1B. Chuba Hubbard, RB
3. Spencer Sanders, QB
4. Kolby Harvell-Peel, S
5. Trace Ford, DE
6. Teven Jenkins, T
7. Tre Sterling, S
8. Dylan Galloway, T
9. Amen Ogbongbemiga, LB
10. Malcolm Rodriguez, LB
Honorable Mention: Dillon Stoner, WR; Bryce Bray, G; Braydon Johnson, WR; Jarrick Bernard, CB; Rodarius Williams, CB
This is the rare situation where arguably the best running back in the country and the best wide receiver in the country are returning to the same team. That's just how special Wallace and Hubbard are, and who would I be to split hairs between them?
Wallace has all the tools to win the Biletnikoff Award while Hubbard is arguably the favorite right now to win the Doak Walker Award. Hubbard showed just how powerful he was in Stillwater and nationally when he publically spoke out against head coach Mike Gundy's support of OAN and the shirt he wore on a fishing trip. That aside, Hubbard is as fast as he is elusive and as shifty through his cuts as he is good with his hands. There's no one like Hubbard in 2020.
Wallace plays through contact like a much bigger man and a knee injury last year won't slow him down at all. He is an absolute monster both at the catch point and after the catch. The best part is, he can generate even the slightest separation with his route-running skills and quick feet, that all Sanders has to do is get it within the general vicinity, and Wallace is bringing it down.
Sanders, though, routinely displayed a more accurate arm than one would have expected from the rising sophomore. Sanders is a strong-armed QB with a gunslinger mentality but had poise beyond his years in 2019. It certainly helps when you have that duo returning with you but even into 2021, I expect to see Sanders on the shortlist for the Heisman.
Harvell-Peel is a dominant safety and ballhawk when the plays call for it. Ford was dominant in his own right last year as a true freshman and should absolutely challenge for double-digit sacks this season.
The returning tackle duo of Jenkins and Galloway should both scare opposing edge rushers and comfort Sanders at the same time. And then there's the LB duo of Rodriguez and Ogbongbemiga. They fly to the ball and miss very few tackles, doing just about everything right on every play.
This is a surprisingly deep team and with the talent returning on offense, they should be able to outscore just about every opponent in 2020, just wait for it, and Wallace or Hubbard will be in the end zone.