The top 10 players returning to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 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. Bo Melton, WR
2. Isaih Pacheco, RB
3. Olakunle Fatukusi, LB
4. Avery Young, CB
5. Tyshon Fogg, LB
6. Isaiah Washington, WR
7. Michael Maietti, C
8. Mike Lonsdorf, T
9. Mohamed Jabbie, WR
10. Julius Turner, DI
Honorable Mention: Nick Krimin, G; Mike Trevdox, Edge Defender; Elorm Lumor, Edge Defender; CJ Onyechi, Edge Defender; Rashawn Battle, LB
This offense should run through Melton and Pacheco in 2020 as they adjust to life with Greg Schiano back at the helm and breaking in a quarterback. That also shouldn't be an issue, to some extent, as Melton and Pacheco are as talented as they come.
Melton ran for just 22 yards on four carries but he should likely see more carries because he's that talented with the ball in his hands. He hauled in 30 passes for 427 yards and two scores but nearly all of his receptions had potential big play written all over them.
Pacheco averaged over 4.3 yards per carry and he had a ton of big plays himself. He bounced off contact with a solid frame and great contact balance but he also made defenders miss just the same. He's safe with the ball as well and didn't fumble at all last season. Dumping the ball off to him should be a benefit as well as he's a YAC machine when he sees the ball with space.
Then there's the defense, which at times struggled last year, mightily. Fatukusi is a safe, sure tackler and was by far the best player on defense a season ago. Fogg also flies to the football with a similar skill at tackling but will need to improve coverage.
Young has lockdown corner potential in some of his play as well as he limited yards after the catch, and honestly, limited receptions into his coverage very well last season. He too was an exceptional tackler with very few, if any, missed attempts last year.
Maietti and Lonsdorf are solid along the offensive line but this team will lack serious depth along the line and at other key positions, namely quarterback, as Schiano rebuilds the program (once again).