The top 10 players returning to the UTSA Roadrunners 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. Sincere McCormick, RB
2. Zakhari Franklin, WR
3. Lowell Narcisse, QB
4. Lorenzo Dantzler, DE
5. DeQuarius Henry, DE
6. Spencer Burford, G
7. Rashad Wisdom, CB
8. Jaylon Haynes, DI
9. SaVion Harris, S
10. Kevin Davis, G
Honorable Mention: Ahofitu Maka, C; Trevor Harmanson, LB
Arguably one of the best running backs in the country, McCormick burst onto the stage last season with the Roadrunners. He was a mere 14 yards away from the 1,000-yard plateau and needed just 176 carries to do so. He averaged 5.6 yards per carry and had eight scores. He bounces off contact very well and maintains his balance and speed through his cuts. McCormick can burst through a hole in the line of scrimmage with his compact frame but won't go down on first contact very often.
Franklin has all the tools of an elite wide receiver as he averaged 12.9 yards per catch a season ago. He makes defenders miss in space and comes down with hard catches just the same. Franklin also brings with him positional versatility as he can line up all over the offense.
Narcisse is as athletic as they come but needs to stay healthy and within the structure to be successful. He had his moments in the passing game last season with some pretty well-thrown balls outside the numbers but he'll have to improve his down-to-down accuracy before he can rely on anything but his legs. Good thing there, though, is that if he does tuck it and run, there are not too many people that are going to be able to keep up with him or tackle him one-on-one. They also do a great job of running designed quarterback carries for him as well.
On defense, get to know Dantzler's name. He recorded six sacks and a ton of other pressure on the quarterback last season while also maintaining a strong presence against the run and sound tackling.
Henry and Haynes also add value on the pass-rush and this unit returns its three top pressure-getters from a season ago. Wisdom is a solid cornerback as well in coverage, recording a pick and a pass breakup with no pass allowed going for more than 35 yards in 2019.