The top 10 players returning to the Western Michigan Broncos 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. Dwayne Eskridge, CB/WR
2. Skyy Moore, WR
3. Ali Fayad, DE
4. A.J. Thomas, S
5. Patrick Lupro, CB
6. Treshaun Hayward, LB
7. Mike Caliendo, G
8. Ralph Holley, DI
9. Jaylon Moore, T
10. DaShon Bussell, WR
Honorable Mention: Jordan Asbury, G; Andre Carter, DE
With another season of cornerback work in him, Eskridge can showcase what makes him such a valuable player for this Broncos team. And if all else fails, just throw to him again as he's compiled 1,473 receiving yards and 88 receptions over his career with seven receiving scores. While he played just four games a season ago, he still caught three passes for 73 yards and had two pass breakups. He's certainly more comfortable at wide receiver but his versatility is unmatched.
As far as talented receivers go, Moore is up there with the best of them as well. With Keith Mixon gone, Moore's numbers should only Skyy rocket, bad pun I know. He ripped off nearly half of his yards after the catch and he's one of the nation's top receivers after hauling in a pass. He'll break multiple tackles at will and make defenders look silly trying to tackle him in space.
And then there's Bussell, who hauled in 28 balls for 447 yards and two scores, as he's also a threat with the ball in his hands.
On defense, the Broncos are led by Fayad after a six-sack dominant year in 2019. He led the team by a large margin in total pressures and did so with very few mistakes elsewhere. He doesn't miss tackles and is a menace off the edge with strength and speed. Lupro and Thomas in the secondary also had their moments as Lupro had three picks and matched Thomas' three pass breakups to tie for the team-high last year.
Holley is another candidate to have a great year on the inside after he flashed on the pass-rush a year ago.