The top 10 players returning to the UConn Huskies 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. Ryan Van Demark, T
2. Cameron Ross, WR
3. Kevon Jones, DE
4. Kevin Mensah, RB
5. Travis Jones, DI
6. Keyshawn Paul, CB
7. Jackson Mitchell, LB
8. Christian Haynes, G
9. Omar Fortt, LB
10. Lwal Uguak, DI
Honorable Mention: Matt Drayton, WR; Kyle Williams, CB
Van Demark has NFL-level talent and could follow his former teammate Matt Peart into the league in a few years. He's a tall man with room on his frame to add strength but he already has the speed and hand usage to stop flexible edge rushers just the same as he does speedy interior rushers. Van Demark has great technique as well and is a multi-year starter who has only gotten better. His final season at UConn should be his best yet.
Ross is one of the more talented receivers in the entire country, and he does everything well. He can high point the football and he can run after the catch. He averaged 12.0 yards per reception but 7.8 yards after the catch. He hauled in 60 receptions and dropped just four catchable targets his way. He'll be a reliable threat for whoever quarterbacks the Huskies in 2020.
Mensah should have great lanes to run through once again and should absolutely power his way to another 1,000-yard season. He's a bruiser and a consistent first-down threat out of the backfield while Haynes returns as the team's best run-blocker.
On defense, Jones had double-digit QB hits + sacks while he also routinely got into the passing lanes with his interior pass-rushing moves. He should once again be the team leader in pressures, or at least tying once again with Tyler on the inside. The interior of the duo, Tyler, is a stout run defender with great strength on his pass-rushes as well and together, the Jones's will be one feared duo.
Paul actually allowed fewer than 50% of the passes thrown his way to be caught and outside of one long bomb completed on him, he did a great job of limiting big plays and scores in 2019. Mitchell and Fort have big shoes to fill with the loss of Tyler Coyle at safety as the two linebackers should have all sorts of room to rack up the tackles.