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Mario Cristobal says Kayvon Thibodeaux's value is going 'up and up and up'

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When Kayvon Thibodeaux committed to the University of Oregon, it was a landmark decision for Mario Cristobal's program. 

Now after two seasons in Eugene, the former five-star prospect has lived up to the hype and more.

"He's only been in college for two years, entering year three. [He's got a] huge future," said Cristobal during an interview on Talkin' Ducks.

Everyone knows about KT's insane physical traits, it's the reason he's the highest-rated recruit to sign with Oregon ever.

"The best part about him, and everyone raves about his physicals - as they should, he's explosive, he's got an unbelievable get-off, he's a very heavy-handed guy," explained Cristobal. "I don't think he gets enough credit for the way he strikes blockers and sheds blockers."

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Cristobal added Thibodeaux sheds blockers "with discipline but recklessly, if that makes sense."

It does once anyone watches tape of KT. 

However, entering year three of Thibodeaux's college career, the Ducks head coach wants to see him continue to not just grow as a player, but as a leader and a man. 

"The best part about him is that his mentality is getting stronger and stronger and stronger," said Cristobal. "[He] demands the most of himself first and the rest of his teammates second, leading by example and being vocal.

"His value continues to go up and up and up and we expect, not only from a performance standpoint but a monster year out of him... leadership standpoint and then we're going to push him because he wants to be pushed."

 

The Ducks head coach concluded by saying KT will be great at whatever he wants to do, due to his persistence to push himself.