The deadline for underclassmen to enter the 2020 NFL Draft has come and gone, and while many top programs are bidding farewell to some of their best players, the season also comes with announcements from draft-eligible who decided to return to school instead of going pro.
These players have considered their NFL Draft outlook, their personal and family goals as well as the situation at their current school and decided to return for a senior (or redshirt junior in come cases) season in college football. Below, we've highlighted 20 names that turned down the 2020 NFL Draft, and because they did, will have a major impact on the 2020 college football season.
1. DeVonta Smith, Alabama, WR: With Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III gone, Smith becomes the alpha in the wide receiver room for 2020. It could be Mac Jones or Bryce Young, but no matter who starts at quarterback we should expect Smith to lead the team in most major receiving categories.
2. Travis Etienne, Clemson, RB: Already the ACC's career rushing touchdown and total touchdown record holder, Etienne will have a chance to win ACC Offensive Player of the Year for a third straight season with his return to Clemson. The key to Etienne's decision to come back to the Tigers might lie in his workload, averaging less than 14 rushing attempts per game in each of the last two seasons.
3. Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State RB: Hubbard thrilled Oklahoma State fans with his decision to return and the declaration that he's planning to "bring a national championship to Stillwater." While the Pokes' title contention is yet to be determined, Hubbard and wide receiver Tylan Wallace (more on him below) do give Mike Gundy arguably his best chance to make a run at the College Football Playoff.