The top 10 players returning to the Washington 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. Elijah Molden, CB
2. Trent Mcduffie, CB
3. Jaxson Kirkland, G
4. Cameron Williams, DB
5. Levi Onwuzurike, DI
6. Edefan Ulofoshio, LB
7. Ryan Bowman, Edge
8. Joe Tryon, Edge
9. Luke Wattenberg, G
10. Keith Taylor, CB
Honorable Mention: Terrell Bynum, WR; Asa Turner, S; Puka Nacua, WR; Richard Newton, RB; Cade Otton, TE
This group has every claim to argue with their conference counterpart as the nation's top returning secondary. Molden, Williams and Mcduffie are as talented as they come. Molden occupies the slot more often than not, and should be in the conversation for best overall cover defensive back. He was very heavily targeted a season ago but allowed very few big plays and came away with four interceptions and 10 more pass breakups. He dominated at times despite huge target numbers and came away the victor more often than not.
Circling around to his all-around play, Molden also doesn't get penalized often and he won't miss many tackles in run defense or after the catch. Mcduffie had a pick and four pass breakups himself, occupying the outside corner position and he, like Molden, won't miss many tackles. Williams also presents a trouble if quarterbacks target him, and despite a minor setback in the middle of the season last year, he also dominated in coverage.
Onwuzurike, Bowman and Tyron are also up there as some of the best groups of returning defensive linemen. While Onwuzurike led the way with his overall play, Tyron is set to explode back onto the scene this season after recording a team-high 41 pressures and nine sacks. In a bigger role, it's likely that Ulofoshio does the same. Bowman wins a ton of his pass-rushing snaps and this pass-rush unit is extremely fierce.
On offense, their strength is their offensive line, which is a great thing as they break in a new quarterback and a new running back. Kirkland is the next UW lineman to make the NFL leap, for sure, after he posted a dominant year both in the run game and in pass protection. Wattenberg is much stronger in the run game but also holds his own in pass pro and this returning group of skillplayers will have one of the best guard duos in front of them this season.