2020 Breakout Players

2020 Breakout Players

For me, “breakout player” means someone on the verge of a big season or an underrated player not getting the love he deserves. For example, Jerry Jeudy went from 14 catches in 2017 to a Biletnikoff Award winner in 2018. Even though he was a top recruit, I would count that as a breakout year. This is my list of players I think everyone will know by 2021.

Underclassmen:
Offense
Sam Howell, QB, Sophomore – North Carolina
Kenny Gainwell, RB, RS Soph – Memphis
Zach Charbonnet, RB, Sophomore – Michigan
Tyler Goodson, RB, Sophomore – Iowa
David Bell, WR, Sophomore – Purdue
Garrett Wilson, WR, Sophomore – Ohio State

Defense
Zach Harrison, EDGE, Sophomore – Ohio State
Drake Jackson, EDGE, Sophomore – USC
George Karlaftis, EDGE, Sophomore – Purdue
Nolan Smith, LB, Sophomore – Georgia
Daxton Hill, S, Sophomore – Michigan
Kyle Hamilton, S, Sophomore – Notre Dame

USC opened the season with a victory despite losing starting QB JT Daniels to an injury. RB Vavae Malepeai (134 yards rushing) and WR Tyler Vaughns (150 yards receiving) stepped up with career-best performances.

Freshman:
Bryce Hall, QB, Freshman – Alabama
Noah Sewell, LB, Freshman – Oregon
Zach Evans, RB, Freshman – TCU
Bijan Robinson, RB, Freshman – Texas
Bryan Bresee, DL, Freshman – Clemson
Michael Mayer, TE, Freshman – Notre Dame
Donavon Greene, WR, RS Freshman – Wake Forest

Veterans on the verge:
Offense
CJ Verdell, RB, Junior – Oregon
Mohamed Ibrahim, RB, Junior – Minnesota
Master Teague, RB, Junior – Ohio State
Ronnie Bell, WR, Junior – Michigan
Tamorrion Terry, WR, Senior – Florida State
Tutu Atwell, WR, Junior – Louisville
Charlie Kolar, TE, Junior – Iowa State
Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Junior – USC

Defense
Jaylen Twyman, DL, Junior – Pittsburgh
Hamilcar Rashed Jr, LB, Senior – Oregon State
Tuf Borland, LB, Senior – Ohio State
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Junior – Notre Dame
Joseph Ossai, LB, Junior – Texas
Andre Cisco, S, Junior – Syracuse
Israel Mukuamu, CB, Junior – South Carolina
Tyson Campbell, CB, Junior – Georgia

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