2019 FBS Independents Football Preview

Check out the CSD preview for the FBS Independents’ 2019 season in this loaded preview featuring in-depth coverage of everything you need to know about all six teams, projected records based on thousands of computer simulations, and a list of the top players in the conference.

2019 Unit Rankings

QBRBWR/TEOLDLLBDB
1. notre dame1. notre dame1. notre dame1. notre dame1. notre dame1. notre Dame1. notre dame
2. army2. army2. byu2. byu2 byu2. byu2. army
3. byu3. liberty3. liberty3. army3. new mexico state3. army3. byu

All-Independents Team

Offense

QB – Ian Book, Notre Dame
RB – Connor Slomka, Army
RB – Kell Walker, Army
WR – Chae Claypool, Notre Dame
WR – Antonio Gandy-Golden, Liberty
WR – Chris Finke, Notre Dame
TE – Matt Bushman, BYU
C – James Empey, BYU
OL – Tommy Kraemer, Notre Dame
OL – Dontae Duff, Liberty
OL – JB Hunter, Army
OL – Ray Thomas-Ishman, UMass

Defense

DL – Cedric Wilcots, New Mexico State
DL – Roy Lopez, New Mexico State
DL – Khalid Kareem, Notre Dame
DL – Julian Okwara, Notre Dame
LB – Javahn Fergurson, New Mexico State
LB – Cole Christiansen, Army
LB – Isaiah Kaufusi, BYU
LB – Solomon Ajayi, Liberty
DB – Elijah Riley, Army
DB – Shamad Lomax, New Mexico State
DB – Troy Pride, Notre Dame
DB – Jalen Elliott, Notre Dame

Awards

Offensive POY: QB Ian Book, Notre Dame
Defensive POY: DL Julian Okwara, Notre Dame
Freshman OTY: WR Josiah Johnson, UMass
Newcomer OTY: RB Ty’Son Williams, BYU
Coach OTY: Jeff Monken, Army
Game OTY: ummm…. not a lot of options here… Liberty @ BYU (November 9th)
Breakout Player: S Alohi Gilman, Notre Dame


Note: Teams ranked by average projected winning percentage as there is, of course, no conference record to go by.

1. Notre Dame

Top Returning Players: T Robert Hainsey, EDGE Khalid Kareem, EDGE Julian Okwara, CB Troy Pride Jr., S Jalen Elliott, S Alohi Gilman

Notable Players Leaving: RB Dexter Williams, WR Miles Boykin, IDL Jerry Tillery, LB Drue Tranquill, LB Te’Von Coney, CB Julian Love

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 11th
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 10th

Average Projected Record: 8.8 wins, 3.2 losses

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2. Army

Top Returning Players: QB Kelvin Hopkins Jr., CB Elijah Riley

Notable Players Leaving: FB Jordan Asberry, C Bryce Holland, LB James Nachtigal

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 90th
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 78th

Average Projected Record: 9.3 wins, 3.7 losses

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3. BYU

Top Returning Players: QB Zach Wilson, TE Matt Bushman, C James Empey, S Austin Lee

Notable Players Leaving: EDGE Corbin Kaufusi, LB Sione Takitaki, CB Michael Shelton

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 44th
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 58th

Average Projected Record: 6.5 wins, 5.5 losses

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4. Liberty

Top Returning Players: RB Frankie Hickson, WR Antonio Gandy-Golden, LB Solomon Ajayi, S Elijah Benton

Notable Players Leaving: EDGE Juwan Wells Sr.

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 120th
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 121st

Average Projected Record: 5.2 wins, 6.8 losses

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5. UMass

Notable Players Leaving: WR Andy Isabella, LB Bryton Barr, CB Lee Moses

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 116th
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 124th

Average Projected Record: 4.8 wins, 7.2 losses

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6. New Mexico State

Top Returning Players: IDL Roy Lopez

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 118th
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 125th

Average Projected Record: 3.9 wins, 8.1 losses

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