The top 10 players returning to the Wisconsin Badgers 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. Cole Van Lanen, T
2. Logan Bruss, T
3. Jack Sanborn, LB
4. Jake Ferguson, TE
5. Eric Burrell, S
6. Jack Coan, QB
7. Rachad Wildgoose, CB
8. Kendric Pryor, WR
9. Isaiahh Loudermilk, DI
10. Reggie Pearson, S
Honorable Mention: Faion Hicks, CB; Danny Davis III, WR; Keeanu Benton, DI; Collin Wilder, S; Garrett Rand, DI
The best tackle duo in possibly the country resides in Madison as Van Lanen returns alongside the up-and-coming Bruss. Though they each had their struggles against some of the conference's top-tier of pass-rushers a year ago, they still more than held their own in pass protection against the most feared group of defensive ends the nation threw at them. Van Lanen is a big man and moves extremely well along the left side, perhaps even underrated as a run-blocker while Bruss is maybe even better paving the way for the run than CVL. Either way, this is a duo that is must-watch television when the Badgers are on.
Then there's the flying missile that is Sanborn and the coverage wizard that is Burrell on defense. You can't let anything hang over the middle with those two patrolling, but then again, you can't let anything fly loosely outside of Wildgoose will have a field day himself.
The defense will be solid and the offensive line will once again be a feared group of guys. No surprise here, Ferguson is the next up in the TE factory that is Wisconsin and the biggest question mark for 2020 is still the quarterback situation, though it's much more clear and in a much better position entering this year than they were last year.
Coan surprised many a season ago with his presence and demeanor as well as his ability to actually pass the ball when the play called for it. This year will be much different as he'll be asked to do more with his arm and perhaps with his legs now that Jonathan Taylor is gone. The jury is still out but 2019 proved he was more than capable to be a top-notch Big Ten quarterback.