Hill, Thibodeaux Earn Pac-12 Honors
EUGENE, Ore. – Following a dominating defensive effort in a win at USC in the Pac-12 Championship Game, Oregon nickel Jamal Hill and defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux claimed conference honors with Hill earning defensive player of the week recognition and Thibodeaux claiming the defensive line award.
Hill recorded his first two career interceptions in Oregon's 31-24 win over USC in the Pac-12 Championship Game. The sophomore from Rex, Ga., became just the third player in Pac-12 Championship Game history with two interceptions. His first-quarter pick setup an Oregon touchdown that made it 14-0 and his second came with under four minutes to play in the fourth quarter with USC in Oregon territory.
Thibodeaux earned the Pac-12 Championship Game Most Valuable Player award after making five tackles, two tackles for loss a sack and a pass breakup in the Ducks' win. He also recorded 12 quarterback pressures, which is the most by a Pac-12 player this season, according to Pro Football Focus (PFF). Thibodeaux had a key tackle for loss on fourth down in the first quarter and a sack late in the third quarter.
» Finished with career highs in both tackles (5) and interceptions (2) in the Pac-12 Championship Game.
» One of just two Pac-12 Conference players with two interceptions in a game this season.
» Broke up a career-high four passes vs. UCLA, including one on the Bruins' final play of the game to seal the win.
» The four PBUs were the most by an Oregon player since Thomas Graham Jr. had six vs. Arizona State in 2018.
» Second career Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week honor (Oct. 7, 2019).
» Has 3.5 sacks, 4.5 tackles for loss and 10 tackles in two career Pac-12 Championship Game appearances.
» Named Pac-12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year in 2019.
» Received freshman All-America recognition from four different outlets in 2019.