A day after the Oregon Ducks Fiesta Bowl loss to the Iowa State Cyclones, it's decision time.
And for senior Deommodore Lenoir, this one is not a shock to anyone.
Lenoir declared for the NFL Draft back in September when the Pac-12 initially canceled the 2020 season. He reversed course and opted back in after the conference elected to have an abbreviated six-game season. He even flirted with the idea of leaving after the 2019 season, but elected to stay.
"Deommodore was one of the best players in the country and a tremendous human being at that," Cristobal said leading up to the Fiesta Bowl. [Lenoir] stepped up and said, 'I'm coming back and I'm going to elevate your standard. I'm going to be a great leader. I'm going to push the young guys.' I can't stress enough what an awesome job [Lenoir] has done on the field."
The 5-foot-11, 203-pound corner had quite the impact in the Ducks secondary for three seasons.
Lenoir played in all 13 games (299 total snaps) and finished with 25 tackles, five pass breakups and one interception.
The departure of starting corner Arrion Springs sent Lenoir into the starting role his sophomore season. Lenoir started all 13 games across from his partner-in-crime Thomas Graham Jr. Lenoir recorded 52 tackles, three interceptions and finished second on the team with nine pass breakups. The team finished the 2017-2018 season with a 7-6 Redbox Bowl victory over the Michigan State Spartans.
The Ducks secondary was one of the most dominant in all of college football this season, in part due to the lockdown corners of Lenoir and Graham Jr. This duo only got better. Lenoir was one of four defensive players to start all 14 games and was one of 13 players in the Pac-12 with an interception, fumble recovery and forced fumble. He recorded 47 tackles and limited opponents to a 54.1 completion percentage (40 completions) while being targeted a team-high 74 times according to Pro Football Focus.
Lenoir registered 30 tackles and one interception in seven games during the 2020 abbreviated season.
"I can't say enough great things about him," Cristobal said of Lenoir. "He's as good as I've ever been around."
The Oregon Ducks head coach is also looking forward to watching Lenoir play on Sundays "for years to come."