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Holland, Thibodeaux on Watch List

Jul 13, 2020

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The duo of junior defensive back Jevon Holland and sophomore defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux were named to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List, announced by the Maxwell Club on Monday. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995.
 
Oregon is one of 19 FBS programs with multiple players on the watch list. Holland and Thibodeaux were the only defensive duo from the same team on the Walter Camp Preseason All-America first team released in June.
 
Holland was the sixth player in program history to be named a semifinalist of the Jim Thorpe Award in 2019, tying for the team and Pac-12 lead with four interceptions. Always around the football, Holland was one of four FBS players with four or more INTs in both 2018 and 2019 and is the first player to lead Oregon in interceptions back-to-back seasons since Jairus Byrd (2006 & 2007). He finished second on the team in 2019 with 66 tackles and was one of just 12 FBS players in 2019 with 65 tackles and four INTs. Holland heads into the 2020 season tied for third nationally among active career leaders with nine picks.
 
Highlighted by an FBS-leading seven sacks in the fourth quarter, Thibodeaux broke the Oregon freshman record with a team-high 9.0 sacks in 2019. His sack total was the most by a Pac-12 freshman since 2009 and he also led the Ducks with 14.0 tackles for loss. Thibodeaux's dominance off the edge was clear over the final six games of Oregon's Pac-12 and Rose Bowl championship season with 24 tackles, 10.0 stops for loss and 6.5 sacks over that span. The South Central Los Angeles product set a Pac-12 Championship Game record with 2.5 sacks against Utah and also blocked a punt.
 
HOLLAND PRESEASON HONORS
» Chuck Bedarik Award watch list
» Walter Camp All-America first team
» Athlon Sports All-America first team
» Street & Smith's All-America first team
» Lindy's Sports All-America second team
» Phil Steele Pac-12 first team (DB & PR)
» Athlon Sports Pac-12 first team
» Lindy's Sports Pac-12 first team
» Athlon Sports Pac-12 second team (PR)
» No. 34 on Athlon Sports Top 100 Players
» No. 3 safety nationally Lindy's Sports
 
THIBODEAUX PRESEASON HONORS
» Chuck Bedarik Award watch list
» Lott IMPACT Award Watch List
» Walter Camp All-America first team
» Sporting News All-America first team
» Athlon Sports All-America first team
» Lindy's Sports All-America first team
» Street & Smith's All-America first team
» Athlon Sports Pac-12 first team
» Lindy's Sports Pac-12 first team
» Phil Steele Pac-12 first team
» Street & Smith's All-Pac-12 team
» No. 13 on Athlon Sports Top 100 Players
» No. 1 defensive end nationally by Lindy's Sports