Oregon Ducks

Oregon Ducks CB Thomas Graham Jr. to return for senior season

Oregon Ducks

Not many Ducks have the chance to be a four-year starter.

Thomas Graham Jr. will be one of them.

The junior cornerback announced he will return to school for his senior season in a Ducks uniform in a joint press conference Monday afternoon.

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Graham Jr., along with three other Ducks, tested the draft waters ahead of the Rose Bowl and was told he would not be a first-round or second-round selection. He was expected to be drafted sometime during the second or third day of the upcoming NFL Draft if he declared.

The defensive back was a starter from his first game and didn't take long for him to make an impact. He came away with two interceptions in his second career game in a 42-35 victory over Nebraska. 

The junior cornerback ended this past season with 64 tackles (47 solo), five tackles-for-loss, one forced fumble, ten pass breakups, and two interceptions. 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. 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.