Starting defensive back Deommodore Lenoir announced he will return to school for his senior season.
Lenoir, along with three other Ducks, tested the draft waters ahead of the Rose Bowl before announcing they will all return to school.
Ready To Get Better https://t.co/bhjCURdC3J— BumpMilly (@Dede_lenoir) January 13, 2020
i’m not done yet pic.twitter.com/fSjv3ncfHh— BumpMilly (@Dede_lenoir) January 13, 2020
Many mock drafts had Lenoir being selected sometime on the second day of the draft after a stellar junior season.
The NFL is going to have to wait a season before drafting him now.
The junior cornerback ended this past season with 47 tackles (32 solo), two tackles-for-loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, seven pass breakups, and one interception. He was an instrumental part of a Ducks defense that led the nation in forced turnovers (23) and interceptions (20).
With his return, the Ducks secondary will return every starter from this past season if Thomas Graham Jr. follows Lenoir's lead. In the first season under defensive coordinator Andy Avalos, the Ducks ranked 22nd in the nation in total defense.
Returning or incoming cornerbacks include junior Daewood Davis, sophomores Trikweze Bridges, DJ James, Verone Mckinley III, Jordan Adeyemijohn, and incoming freshmen Dontae Manning and Luke Hill.