The top 10 players returning to the Texas A&M Aggies 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. Kellen Mond, QB
2. Isaiah Spiller, RB
3. Jhamon Ausbon, WR
4. Kenyon Green, G
5. Jalen Wydermyer, TE
6. Ainias Smith, WR
7. Carson Green, T
8. Bobby Brown, DI
9. Leon O'Neal Jr., S
10. Elijah Blades, CB
Honorable Mention: Anthony Hines III, LB; Demani Richardson, S; Buddy Johnson, LB; Tyree Johnson, DE; Michael Clemson, DE; Jared Hocker, G;
Please note that this is just returning players but if it included incoming freshman, yes, we'd absolutely have Demond Demas in the top half above. From a skill set perspective and recruiting tape standpoint alone, this guy has it all. And Mond has an immediate impact freshman to throw the ball to.
Still, Mond has an incredible set of skillplayers at his disposal for his last season with the Aggies. Spiller has 1,000 yards written all over him while Ausbon and Smith are sure to see a ton more work with Quartney Davis and Kendrick Rogers' targets now gone. Ausbon has incredible hands and can rip balls at any angle with incredible body control and concentration. He's quick and nimble and runs a full route tree but does the majority of his damage when dealing with defenders over the middle of the field. Smith had 22 catches for 248 yards and does his best work after the catch.
Then there's Wydermyer, who racked up 447 yards on 32 catches and led the team with six scores. He's a big-bodied, big-framed tight end who will square up and run defenders off in the run game just the same as he'll make a defender miss after the catch. He has NFL written all over him but fortunately for Aggie fans, he has at least two more seasons left with TA&M.
Oh, then there's Mond, who has every bit of skill and talent to be the next Jimbo Fisher-led quarterback to go in the first round. Mond's high-end is as good as any other quarterback in the country but he has to limit the mistakes and increase his accuracy on a down-to-down basis. As much as I hate the term, his 'ceiling' is as high as anyone's in college football.
Both Carson and Kenyon Green return to form a super-talented right side of the line for Mond as both of them were dominant a season ago in all facets.
On defense, this year is screaming breakout season for Brown on the inside after he got to work side-by-side with future NFL great Justin Madubuike, and certainly will have all the opportunity in the world to get after the quarterback. This secondary loses a ton of snaps but does return players in O'Neal and Blades, each who had their flashes a season ago.
Realistically, though, if Mond plays to his full ability, this team is loaded enough on offense that it could compete for an SEC Title and Mond could jump easily into the top-half discussion of the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Mark my words now.