The top 10 players returning to the UNLV Rebels 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 Charles Williams, RB
2. Kenyon Oblad / Armani Rogers, QB
3. Randal Grimes, WR
4. Matt Brayton, G
5. Farrell Hester II, LB
6. Aaron Lewis, CB
7. Justice Oluwaseun, T
8. Kolo Uasike, DI
9. Noah Bean, TE
10. Tyleek Collins, WR
Honorable Mention: Julio Garcia, G; Greg Francis, G
Williams totaled 1,260 rushing yards last year on just 212 carries. He also broke over 50 tackles and averaged nearly 3.5 yards after contact per attempt. He rarely went down on first contact and routinely made defenders miss in space. He'll once again be a threat to not only topple 1,000 yards but maybe even 1,500.
Then there's the quarterback discussion between Oblad and Rogers, the longtime starter. Rogers played just four meaningful games in 2019 and looked strong to start the year but had a difficult time against Northwestern before exiting the Wyoming game. Oblad was a solid passer and made a ton of throws that made you say wow. This will be a position to watch in camp but they really can't go wrong with whoever they have win the job as that person will certainly be the best to run their new offense.
Grimes was on the receiving end of 44 passes for 696 yards and turned out a team-high seven scores through the air. He's a solid receiver in space and without some drops that plagued him last year, he could have neared 1,000 yards through the air. He's one to watch this season. Same with Collins, the speedster who actually secured more yards after the catch than he did receiving yards, something very uncommon for a receiver, but more common for a running back. He'll make defenders miss at will and run by the rest of them if he has space.
Hester returns as the leader in tackles from last year and will have big shoes to fill as Rayshad Jackson and Javin White have moved on. Lewis recorded four pass breakups and was a solid tackler, something that shows through in his technique in coverage as well. This team will need a pass-rusher to get home consistently as their top two pressure-getters are gone and Uasike returns with just 11 total pressures to his credit as the top spot on the team. He's a stout run defender and if he can add a pass-rush to his game, watch out.