The top 10 players returning to the Old Dominion Monarchs 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. Keion White, DE
2. Eric Kumah, WR
3. Jordan Young, LB
4. Lawrence Garner, LB
5. Kaleb Ford-Dement, CB
6. Aaron Moore, WR
7. Derek Wilder, DE
8. Marcus Haynes, DE
9. Gerona Hall, CB
10. Nick Saldiveri, T
Honorable Mention: Cameron Muller, G; Isaac Weaver, C; Joe Joe Headen, S
Few players were able to do what White did a season ago, coming away with 45 total pressures and a ton of QB hits. He was one of the nation's best pass-rushers overall and he also did all of this while being a terrific run defender to boot. He recorded over 50 tackles without missing more than 10 on the season and made the majority of his tackles in the backfield or at the line of scrimmage.
Kumah, the Virginia Tech transfer, has all the tools of a Power-5 receiver and should aid the quarterback situation, as should Moore. But the strength of this team is on defense in 2020.
Young and Garner are talented linebackers with great sideline-to-sideline ability. Young led the way with nearly 90 total tackles a season ago while Garner was a solo-tackling machine with 91 total solo tackles himself. Ford-Dement came away with 11 pass breakups a season ago and two more picks while allowing just one touchdown and 50.0% completion percentage into his coverage.
He locks down one side while Hall flies around the field and records multiple stops in the run game. This is a talented team on defense, and that's without mentioning White's running mates off the edge in Wilder and Haynes, who combined to record 36 QB pressures last year.