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2020 “Bounce-back” College Football Players

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Dylan Sanders
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Every year there are a ton of players that build a hive of hype around them, whether it be some good performances during the season or something they do in the preseason. However, some people don’t live up to those expectations. Sometimes it’s scheme, competition, or even injuries. These are some players that fell victims to those but will have a great 2020 season.

Rondale Moore

Rondale Moore

Anyone that has spoken to me, knows how much of a fan I am of this guy. He’s one of the most exciting players in college football. How often do you see a guy that’s 5’9 and 180 lift 600 pounds? At any given time, he can switch between playing like Derrick Henry and Christian McCaffrey and it’s so much fun to see. He had 1400 yards and 14 TDs from scrimmage in 2018 as a true freshman but got cut short in 2019 and played only 4 games. He should be back to 100% healthy and hopefully he will live up to my hype as WR2 entering this season (behind Ja’Marr Chase)

D'Eriq King

D’Eriq King

Even though he only played 4 games before redshirting, King was already looking worse for wear compared to the typical performances we’ve become accustomed to. Career lows in Passer Rating, Completion %, Y/A. This may have been due to a lack of overall talent around him, and particularly in front of him on the offensive line. Now, he’s in Miami where he will be much better complimented by pretty much everything there is to offer.

Zach Charbonnet

Zach Charbonnet

Charbonnet hit the ground running in the 2019 season as a freshman and looked like he would be one of the best backs in the country for a while there. But then, things hit a snag and from weeks 9-12 he went 8-28,7-30, 8-26, 4-7. Safe to say that’s pretty disappointing. In 2020, I would love to see him play more like he did at the beginning and get a closer amount of carries that he did to start. If he can expand his game and gain some consistency, he will definitely work his way onto an NFL roster eventually.

Jarrett Guarantano

 Jarrett Guarantano

Talking about consistency issues, Guarantano flashes a lot of talent some plays, and looks like someone I wouldn’t sign to a UDFA contract. But his bounce back started in the second half of last season. Now, going into his senior season, coming off of a 6-game win streak, is primed to have the best season of his career. I hope to see him in Mobile come January. Tennessee is getting better and better, with great recruits coming in yearly. Now I’m not saying it’s going to look like ‘98, but I expect them to put up their best season in a while behind Guarantano.

KJ Costello

Luckily for KJ, he didn’t follow his intuition and enter the NFL in 2017. He’s been able to grow a ton while having very little talent around him at Stanford. He’s got a great build and toolset for a QB. Now with an amazing system for him to put up HUGE numbers and some talent surrounding him at Miss St, expect some video game type stats this year. Another player who hasn’t had any terrible years, but barely did anything last year due to only playing 5 games and them sitting out. I’m excited to see what kind of influence Mike Leach has on him. This SEC is going to super fun yet again. Shocking, I know.