The top 10 players returning to the Southern Miss Golden Eagles 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. Jack Abraham, QB
2. Racheem Boothe, LB
3. Rachuan Mitchell, CB
4. Tim Jones, WR
5. Jacques Turner, DE
6. Ky'El Hemby, LB
7. Shannon Showers, S
8. Jaylond Adams, WR
9. Arvin Fletcher, G
10. Eriq Kitchen, DE
Honorable Mention: Sentrell Latham, LB; Swayze Bozeman, LB; Trace Clopton, C; Khalique Washington, T
Any other team for the most part, would see Boothe as the No. 1 returner after he recorded a bevy of pressures, a ton of tackles with few misses and terrific coverage skills before missing some time. Still, this team is led by the incomparable Abraham and his incredible talented arm. Abraham recorded an even 3,500 passing yards last season and though he had 15 box-score interceptions, several of those weren't his fault.
Abraham struggled through 26 dropped passes last year, and if you factor in even half of those as completions, with his average of 12.8 yards per completion, you'd be seeing well into the 3,650-yard mark. Still, he can hit every level of the field and he lacks fear. He'll tuck it and run if he has to but they design multiple plays to his running ability as he totaled 249 yards and six scores last year. He's a terrific dual-threat.
Jones was heavily targeted a season ago, and he should definitely step into that No. 1 receiver spot vacated by Quez Watkins while Adams is perhaps one of the fastest players in all of college football.
Fletcher anchors a young offensive line with Washington as well but this offense belongs to and rides with Abraham.
On defense, the loss of D.Q. Thomas will hurt but Turner returns with seven sacks to his credit and Hemby was a tackling machine last year. Mitchell recorded two picks and had nine more pass breakups to boot as he'll lock down one side of the field with ease. Showers had a great year and will have to back that up with another dominant year with the loss of Thomas at safety.