Well, the bright side is that Oregon will be well represented in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Alongside Penei Sewell, Deommodore Lenoir and Thomas Graham Jr, junior safety Jevon Holland has decided to skip this bizarre 2020 season and test his luck in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Holland was one of the most promising defensive backs in the conference and the country. His participation in DC Andy Avalos’ defense was one of the reasons the Ducks were expected to have a top-tier defense.
He had nine interceptions in his two seasons as a Duck - one of only three returning FBS players with four or more interceptions in each of the last two seasons - and last year Holland started all fourteen games, finishing second on the team with 66 tackles.
He’s the first Duck since Jairus Byrd in 2006 and 2007 to lead the team in interceptions in consecutive seasons. Holland had 4.5 TFLs, four pass-breakups and averaged 15.25 yards per punt return.
Many mock drafts have the preseason AP second team All-American as a first-round pick. Holland was a leader on and off the field; he was an elite talent in Oregon’s secondary and also was a vocal advocate for social justice as a leader in the #WeAreUnited movement.
Holland walks away from the program having been named to the preseason watch list for the Thorpe, Nagurski, Bednarik and Paul Hornung award. We wish you the best, Holland! Once a Duck always a Duck!