Underclassmen are faced with the challenging decision of whether they should turn pro after a successful junior or redshirt sophomore campaign every single year. Those who decide to return for another year of college football enter the new season with the kind of hype that tends to surround highly-regarded prospects.
The 2017 college football season is no exception. Several talented players will return for another season of Saturday action. NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread outlined the top 17 returning players worth watching this year, led by Wyoming’s talented quarterback, Josh Allen.
At one point, Allen decided he would enter the 2017 NFL Draft, and there was certainly plenty of pressure to do so — after all, half a dozen reps from a top agency shared his living room to watch the CFP title game. He changed his mind, though, and the result has been a palpable offseason scouting buzz for the Cowboys’ gunslinger. There’s plenty of anticipation for his season-opening performance against a Big Ten foe in Iowa. Scouts will flock to Laramie this fall, and rightfully so.
Allen is one of four quarterbacks in Goodbread’s top 10, joined by Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield (2), Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph (5) and Washington State’s Luke Falk (7).
That’s great news for teams that will still be searching for a quarterback next April.
Bo Scarbrough, Alabama’s thunderous fourth-year junior running back, ranks third on Goodbread’s list and could end the season as the top prospect at his position. His durability will be his biggest question mark.
For Goodbread’s complete list, click here.