The top 10 players returning to the Oregon State Beavers 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. Hamilcar Rashed Jr., Edge
2. Jermar Jefferson, RB
3. Trevon Bradford, WR
4. Brandon Kipper, T
5. Isaiah Dunn, CB
6. Omar Speights, LB
7. Nahshon Wright, CB
8. Champ Flemings, WR
9. Jaydon Grant, CB
10. Isaac Hodgins, DI
Honorable Mention: Tyjon Lindsey, WR; Nous Keobounnam, C; Doug Taumoelau, LB; Jordan Whittley, DI; David Morris, S
Rashed dominated a season ago, recording a whopping 15 sacks. He was rather boom or bust, though, as he only came away with three QB hits in addition. It was almost like he was getting home with a sack or he wasn't getting pressure at all. Still, he's a great three-down edge rusher and should see great numbers once again.
The returning trio in the secondary will also look to improve on some solid play a season ago as Wright led them all with three picks and Dunn led the way with seven pass breakups. Grant was all over the field and did a great job of limiting big plays, save for a few touchdowns.
On offense, the receivers must step up following the departure of Isaiah Hodgins to the NFL and Bradford has all the ability to do such a thing. Former Nebraska transfer Lindsey also has that ability, as does FSU transfer Shaun Harrison.
Kipper at tackle should be able to move around the offensive line and provide an anchor on the line that they lose with the departure of Blake Brandel.