The top 10 players returning to the TCU Horned Frogs 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. Trevon Moehrig, S
2. Ar'Darius Washington, S
3. Garrett Wallow, LB
4. Ochaun Mathis, DE
5. Max Duggan, QB
6. Corey Bethley, DI
7. Pro Wells, TE
8. Te'vailance Hunt, WR
9. Keeyon Stewart, CB
10. Austin Myers, G
Honorable Mention: Coy McMillon, C; Trevius Hodges-Tomlinson, CB; Parker Workman, DE
It's almost not fair how good this secondary is and that includes the losses of Jeff Gladney and Vernon Scott from it. Moehrig and Washington could very easily flip flop at the top but Moehrig's ball-hawking skills push him to No. 1. He had four picks and another 12 pass breakups despite allowing just 53.2% of the passes his way to be caught. Washington had five picks and two more pass breakups and the best part about this duo is, they do a lot of damage even when they're not the primary coverage defenders on the pass.
They also are top-notch tacklers and miss very few attempts. They can come down in run defense just as well. This is the best returning safety duo in college football.
Wallow flies around to the football and led the team in tackles a year ago. He should do so again this season and has a chance to lead the Big 12 in tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage. Then there's Mathis who led the team in pressures. Sure, he only had a couple of sacks, but he was a consistent presence in the backfield and should have another solid year of pressure on the quarterback. Stewart started his career off hot with four pass breakups in his first two games but cooled off a bit as conference play started.
He has all the ability to be a top cornerback in the conference but needs to stay healthy and show it against the potent aerial attacks in the Big 12.
On offense, Duggan was thrust into action time and time again, and though he saw his struggles in 2019, he did still show some flashes of what he could become. He averaged just 6.1 yards per pass attempt but he also suffered from a ton of dropped balls on accurate passes. Some of his best pass attempts were unfortunately dropped and if the TCU WRs can tighten those up, he can absolutely be a top quarterback, and the stats would even back it up.
Hunt is the shiftiest returner of the bunch that has to replace Jalen Reagor as he broke multiple big plays last season and averaged 15.4 yards per catch.