Top Returning Offensive Players in College Football for 2021

Here are the top returning offensive players in College Football this season. Keep following Football Takes for the latest CFB news.

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All-American 1st Team

  • Spencer Rattler QB – Oklahoma
  • Breece Hall EB – Iowa State
  • Rank Bigsby RB – Auburn
  • Chris Olave WR – Ohio State
  • Treyton Burks WR – Arkansas
  • Jalen Wydermeyer TE – Texas A&M
  • Tyler Linderbaum  TE – Iowa
  • OL Kenyon Green – Texas A&M
  • OL Zion Johnson – Boston College
  • OL  Thayer Munford – Ohio State
  • OL Ryan Neal – Alabama
  • K Cade York – LSU


Top Returning Offensive Players


Spencer Rattler- Oklahoma

He is the favorite to win the Heisman.

Sam Howell- North Carolina

3500 yards and 30 TD’s in back-to-back seasons.

JT Daniels- Georgia

Had a 401-yard debut as a former USC signee.

D’Eriq King- Miami

73 Passing TD’s; he can throw long distances.

Brock Purdy- Iowa State

Big Man on Campus at Iowa State as he threw for 8,982 yards and 80 career touchdowns.

Running Backs

Breece Hall- Iowa State

Led with 1,572 yards and had at least 2 touchdowns in each of 12 games played.

Tank Bigsby- Auburn

824 yards last year on 86 carries.

Bijan Robinson-Texas

Ran for 709 yards on 86 carries and now gets full season with the Sarkisian playbook.

Isaiah Spiller- Texas A&M

1,982 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns in two seasons.

Kyren Williams- Notre Dame

1,125 yards and six 100 yard games in his first year as a starter.

Wide Receivers

Chris Olave- Ohio State

Top guy for Buckeyes and got 99 catches for 19 touchdowns and 1,578 yards.

Treyton Burks- Arkansas

He is a big guy with size and athleticism. Looks like a LB.

Justyn Ross- Clemson

Career 17 TD’s and 1,865 yards on 112 catches- was out with injury in 2020.

Garrett Wilson- Ohio State

He has 11 TD’s on 73 catches in two seasons.

John Metchie III- Alabama

55 catches 6 TD’s and 916 yards.

Tight Ends

Charlie Kolar- Iowa State

17 touchdown with 7 in each of last two seasons.

Jake Ferguson- Wisconsin

He had 30 receptions, 305 yards with 4 touchdowns.

Jalen Wydermeyer- Texas A&M

Had 12 TD’s on 72 catches.

Michael Meyer- Notre Dame

He had 42 catches as a freshman. Nickname is “Baby Gronk.”

Isaiah Likely- Coastal Carolina

He has averaged over 20 yards per catch in 2020 also has 13 career TD’s.

Top Offensive Linemen


Alex Lindstrom- Boston College

ALL-ACC pick and anchors the line for the Eagles.

Tyler Linderbaum- Iowa

Started 21 straight games and was finalist for Remington Award.

Colin Newell- Iowa State

26 career starts, ALL BIG-12 selection in 2020.

Dohnavan West- Arizona State

Will move from guard to natural position at center.


Kenyon Green- Texas A&M
Zion Johnson- Boston College
Cade Mays-Tennessee
Marquis Hayes- Oklahoma
Cain Madden- Marshall


Thayer Mumford- Ohio State
Evan Neal- Alabama
Darian Kinnard- Kentucky
Zion Nelson- Miami
Jaxson Kirkland- Washington

Those are the top offensive players returning to play college football. There are so many others that could be included. Everyone looks for something different in evaluating players.

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