Updated: May 18
The top 10 players returning to the Syracuse Orange 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. Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB
2. Trill Williams, CB
3. Andre Cisco, S
4. Tommy DeVito, QB
5. Dakota Davis, G
6. Josh Black, DI
7. Airon Servais, T/C
8. Kingsley Jonathan, DE
9. Taj Harris, WR
10. Eric Coley, S
Honorable Mention: Carlos Vettorello, T/C; Abdul Adams, RB; Mikel Jones, LB
This talented secondary has likely three NFL draft picks returning in 2020, and the cornerback duo of Melifonwu and Williams presents one of the best CB duos in the conference. Melifonwu is a huge cornerback with great outside coverage skills and the long-range to make up for any lapse in coverage or top-end speed. At 6'3, 210, he's likely one of the biggest cornerbacks in the country as well.
Williams is the epitome of a ballhawk with multiple plays on the ball last year including the forced fumble, fumble recover and subsequent 'scoop-n-score' in overtime to defeat Wake Forest in overtime.
And then there's Cisco. He followed up an incredible national-high 7 interceptions in his freshman season with another five interceptions in 2019. He has a nose for the football and though some were gifted to him this past season, he knows more about opposing offenses than most safeties. He's going to be a high draft pick and a Syracuse record holder at this rate.
DeVito has so much good in his game that it spills out into some bad decisions at times. He overthinks at certain points but his offensive line did him no favors a year ago. He should return with one of the best arms in the conference and with some better protection in 2020, could outperform a whole lot of them.
Jonathan has big shoes to fill with the departures of Kendall Coleman and Alton Robinson, and could be in line for a monster year.