The top 10 players returning to the San Jose State Spartans 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. Tre Walker, WR
2. Cade Hall, DE
3. Jack Snyder, T
4. Isaiah Hamilton, WR
5. Nehemiah Shelton, CB
6. Tre Webb, S
7. Jay Lenard, S
8. Kyle Harmon, LB
9. Bailey Gaither, WR
10. Viliami Fehoko, DE
Honorable Mention: Nick Nash, QB; Kyle Hoppe, C; Nick Starkel, QB*
Walker is the class of wide receivers in the conference and belongs at the top of list of best Group of 5 receivers. He uses his 5-foot-11 frame like a much bigger man and is an explosive athlete after the catch. He recorded 1,161 yards and 79 catches in just 10 games of action last season, forcing a whopping 21 missed tackles after the catch.
Try covering him one-on-one if you dare, it'll be a mistake.
Hamilton and Gaither are valuable assets after Walker as well, recording 10 total touchdowns a season ago combined. Gaither is a possession receiver with solid routes while Hamilton has great hands and a sneakiness to his play after the catch. Snyder, on the offensive line, is a solid pass blocker but perhaps one of the better Group of 5 run blockers returning to action this fall.
On defense, Hall should return to dominance that saw him record 17 combined sacks and hits last year. He misses very few tackles and rushes the passer like a man possessed. Lenard also had a solid, dominant year in coverage himself while Webb flew around against the run and against the pass.
Shelton recorded a returning team-high three picks as well as five pass breakups and Harmon was third on the team in tackles while also recording two sacks.
Fehoko has a great bullrush as well as solid hands to fight off block attempts, and could break out this fall.
On the quarterback side of things, Starkel enters the fold to push Nash, something that should ultimately help Nash, as he could still very well be the best option for this team moving forward at the helm. Too much question in that backfield to put either of them in the top 10, however.