The top 10 players returning to the UL-Monroe Warhawks 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 Corey Straughter, CB
2. John Johnson, RB
3. Josh Pederson, TE
4. Kerry Starks, DE
5. Keilos Swinney, S
6. Austin Hawley, S
7. Josh Newton, CB
8. Rashaad Harding, LB
9. Ty Shelby, DI
10. Tyler Glass, S
Honorable Mention: Samuel Williams, T
Straughter is returning Sun Belt cornerback and one of the top CBs in the entire country after a dominating 2019 campaign. There aren't many players that I remember a specific statistical line from their years but Straughter is one of them: 43 targeted passes, 12 receptions allowed, 190 total yards allowed, only 1 TD, 5 interceptions and another 6 pass breakups. That all led to a ridiculously low 13.7 passer rating when he was the primary coverage defender.
Then there's Johnson who quite literally will run anyone over or run around anyone. He bounces off would-be tacklers with ease and sprints by others at the blink of an eye. Pederson is the son of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson and is another NFL-ready tight end in the Sun Belt.
Swinney and Hawley are almost equally as difficult to pass on and can play down in run defense well above average as well. Starks' presence on the edge will cause fits for opposing offensive coordinators and Harding flies around the field with bad intentions.
This team's success will come down to the offensive line and their quarterback now that Caleb Evans is gone, but fortunately for the Warhawks, Johnson is ready to carry the load and is more than capable of making things happen on his own.