The top 10 players returning to the Ole Miss Rebels 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. Elijah Moore, WR
2. Sam Williams, Edge
3. Jerrion Ealy, RB
4. Keidron Smith, CB
5. John Rhys Plumlee, QB
6. Jaylon Jones, CB
7. Lakia Henry, LB
8. Jacquez Jones, LB
9. Ben Brown, G
10. Quentin Bivens, DI
Honorable Mention: Snoop Conner, RB; Nick Broeker, OL; Jon Haynes, S; Charles Wiley, Edge
Moore racked up a team-high 850 yards and six scores through the air last season, despite seeing struggles to get the ball down the field from their quarterback situation. While Plumlee may be the fastest person on the team, he and Corral struggled to get the ball down the field with any consistency and left Moore to do a ton of his work by himself, which, of course, he was able to do. He hauled in 334 of his yards and forced 13 missed tackles after the catch a season ago. He's one of the shiftiest returning wide receivers in the conference.
Ealy churned out 720 yards on just 103 carries a season ago while Plumlee ran for 1,067 on just 147 attempts. Ealy averaged a whopping 7.0 yards per carry and did so by making defenders miss at will. He'll explode extremely well through contact and avoid defenders at the next level if he gains space, something he routinely did on his own last season. Plumlee relies heavily on his impressive speed and he'll just simply blow by defenders without even needing to make them miss.
On defense, this team clearly struggled last season but Williams was a bright spot, leading the team with seven sacks. Smith led the way with seven pass breakups while Jones chipped in with three himself. They were a bend-or-break set of corners, who despite a combined eight touchdowns allowed (per PFF), still allowed barely over 50% of the passes thrown their way to be caught.
Jones and Henry each had their moments in run defense but did great jobs in coverage a season ago, not allowing very many big plays and hardly allowed many yards after the catch at all. Bivens also flashed at times last season, recording three sacks on just barely over 240 total snaps played, with fewer than half of those when rushing the passer. He's a breakout candidate if he can live up to his potential.