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Top returning players in every college football conference

Now that we know the underclassmen who have declared for the 2020 NFL Draft, we can now give you the top 10 returning players in every conference in college football. We will be publishing each conference throughout the upcoming week. Rankings for each conference can be found below, and each has a link to the write-ups for a more in-depth look at every top-10 player.

SEC

1. CB Derek Stingley Jr., LSU

2. WR Ja’Marr Chase, LSU

3. QB Jamie Newman, Georgia

4. WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama

5. WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

6. LB Nick Bolton, Missouri

7. WR George Pickens, Georgia

8. RB Najee Harris, Alabama

9. CB Patrick Surtain II, Alabama

10. QB Kellen Mond, Texas A&M


AAC

1. CB Ahmad Gardner, Cincinnati

2. QB Shane Buechele, SMU

3. QB Dillon Gabriel, UCF

4. Edge Myjai Sanders, Cincinnati

5. WR C.J. Johnson, East Carolina

6. CB KJ Sails, USF

7. RB Amare Jones, Tulane

8. RB Kenneth Gainwell, Memphis

9. LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa

10. WR Reggie Roberson Jr., SMU


ACC

1. QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson

2. QB Sam Howell, North Carolina

3. EDGE Quincy Roche, Miami (FL)

4. RB Travis Etienne, Clemson

5. WR Justyn Ross, Clemson

6. WR Tutu Atwell, Louisville

7. EDGE Chris Rumph II, Duke

8. CB Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech

9. DI Marvin Wilson, Florida State

10. QB D’Eriq King, Miami (FL)


Big 10

1. QB Justin Fields, Ohio State

2. QB Tanner Morgan, Minnesota

3. WR Rashod Bateman, Minnesota

4. WR Rondale Moore, Purdue

5. LB Micah Parsons, Penn State

6. WR Chris Olave, Ohio State

7. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan

8. S Eric Burrell, Wisconsin

9. G Wyatt Davis, Ohio State

10. CB Tiawan Mullen, Indiana


Big 12

1. QB Sam Ehlinger, Texas

2. QB Brock Purdy, Iowa State

3. S Trevon Moehrig, TCU

4. S Ar’Darius Washington, TCU

5. QB Charlie Brewer, Baylor

6. WR Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State

7. S Kolby Harvell-Peel, Oklahoma State

8. TE Charlie Kolar, Iowa State

9. RB Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State

10. S Tre Sterling, Oklahoma State


Conference USA

1. CB Dy’jonn Turner, UAB

2. Edge Keion White, Old Dominion

3. Edge Jordan Smith, UAB

4. CB Brontae Harris, UAB

5. QB Chris Robison, Florida Atlantic

6. WR Austin Watkins, UAB

7. WR Victor Tucker, Charlotte

8. Edge Deangelo Malone, Western Kentucky

9. QB Chris Reynolds, Charlotte

10. QB Asher O’Hara, Middle Tennessee


MAC

1. QB Dustin Crum, Kent State

2. RB Jaret Patterson, Buffalo

3. LB Troy Brown, Central Michigan

4. S Sterling Weatherford, Miami (OH)

5. WR Quian Williams, Eastern Michigan

6. EDGE Taylor Riggins, Buffalo

7. EDGE Malcolm Koonce, Buffalo

8. WR Skyy Moore, Western Michigan

9. EDGE Ali Fayad, Western Michigan

10. WR Antonio Nunn, Buffalo


Mountain West

1. WR Khalil Shakir, Boise State

2. WR Warren Jackson, Colorado State

3. S Dwayne Johnson Jr. SDSU

4. CB Jalen Walker, Boise St

5. WR Tre Walker, San Jose State

6. G Nolan Laufenberg, Air Force

7. WR Jesse Matthews, SDSU

8. EDGE Dom Peterson, Nevada

9. QB Donald Hammond III, Air Force

10. TE Trey McBride, Colorado State


Pac-12

1. T Penei Sewell, Oregon

2. CB Jevon Holland, Oregon

3. CB Elijah Molden, Washington

4. CB Mykael Wright, Oregon

5. CB Trent McDuffie, Washington

6. QB Kedon Slovis, USC

7. EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon

8. CB Thomas Graham Jr., Oregon

9. TE Brant Kuithe, Utah

10. DI Levi Onwuzurike, Washington


Sun Belt

1. CB Shaun Jolly, Appalachian State

2. QB Layne Hatcher, Arkansas State

3. LB Carlton Martial, Troy

4. CB Corey Straughter, UL-Monroe

5. EDGE William Bradley-King, Arkansas State

6. CB Shemar Jean-Charles, Appalachian State

7. EDGE Raymond Johnson III, Georgia Southern

8. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana

9. TE Isaiah Likely, Coastal Carolina

10. WR Thomas Hennigan, Appalachian State


 

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