The 2020-2021 Oregon football season is officially in the books and several seniors have a big decision ahead of them:
To entice players to play in the 2020 college football season, the NCAA has given a free year for players, who will not lose a year of eligibility regardless of snaps played this season.
That means the seniors have the option to return to school for a “super senior” year.
However, senior safety Nick Pickett will not be exercising that option and instead on Monday has announced that he will officially declare for the 2021 NFL Draft.
“Waking up every morning knowing that I am an Oregon Ducks is a blessing that I vowed to never take for granted. In 2017, my brothers and I made it a promise to ourselves that we will go out, turn this program around and make history and I am grateful to say that we have done so much with a lot more to come with this young team…”
Here’s a look at one of the most consistent players for the last four seasons in the Oregon secondary:
FRESHMAN YEAR (2017):
Played in 11 games and made three starts. Pickett finished with 22 tackles (10 solo) and three pass breakups. Head coach Willie Taggart bolted for his “dream job” at Florida State, but as Pickett stated in his message to Ducks fans, he wanted to stay and rebuild the Oregon football program. And they did.
Started 12 of 13 games this season and finished fourth on the team in tackles (59 total, 34 solo). He had four pass breakups, one forced fumble and one interception in Oregon’s 9-4 season record that season that ended in a Redbox bowl victory.
Started the first nine and 11 total games of this 14-game season that ended in a Rose Bowl victory. Recorded 45 tackles (33 solo), seven pass breakups and one interception
With Jevon Holland, Brady Breeze and Thomas Graham Jr. all opting out before this season began, Pickett returning for his senior year was much needed in the Oregon secondary. He finished with 34 tackles (23 solo) in this seven-game season.
Pickett joins Dede Lenoir, Thomas Graham Jr. and Jordon Scott as a part of the Ducks 2017 class to now declare for the 2021 NFL Draft.