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What Jevon Holland, Pac-12 CFB players are demanding or else they'll sit

What Jevon Holland, Pac-12 CFB players are demanding or else they'll sit

A large group of Pac-12 football players has made demands to the conference in exchange for playing the 2020 college football season during a pandemic.

In an open letter titled "#WeAreUnited" in the Player's Tribune, the players make many demands including the ability to receive payments, safety during the coronavirus pandemic, and greater racial justice policies. 

"NCAA sports exploit college athletes physically, economically and academically, and also disproportionately harm Black college athletes," said the letter.

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“We’re not your entertainment, we’re human beings,” Oregon safety Jevon Holland told Sports Illustrated. “Just like you would help your family, we want to help our mother, father, grandmother, everyone.

“We don’t know the long term risks. We have no idea how it’s going to affect our body regardless if we show symptoms or not. I refuse to put my health at risk for somebody else’s benefit.”

He later tweeted his support of the demands.

As did Oregon cornerback Thomas Graham Jr., defensive tackle Jordon Scott and reigning Outland Trophy winner Penei Sewell.

On Saturday, ESPN's Adam Rittenberg and Mark Schlabach reported hundreds of Pac-12 players had teamed up to make a list of demands to the conference. Schools represented include Oregon, Cal, Stanford, UCLA, and more.

Since the letter's release, players from many schools such as Oregon State's Jaydon Grant have joined in.

Here's what the players are demanding. 

COVID-19 Protections: The group demands the option to opt-out of the upcoming season without fear of losing athletic eligibility, scholarship, or a roster spot. They also want all COVID-19 agreements that waive liability to be prohibited or voided. 

Mandatory Safety Standards, Including COVID-19 Measures: Next, the players seek safety standards approved by them that are enforced by a third party to "address COVID-19, as well as serious injury, abuse and death."

Protect All Sports: They want to see no sports cut. To pay for them, they demand that Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, administrators, and coaches take pay cuts, the schools end performance/academic bonuses, and end lavish facility expenditures and use some endowment funds to preserve all sports.

They specifically call out Stanford, who cut 11 varsity sports, and its $27.7 billion endowment fund. 

End Racial Injustice in College Sports and Society: The athletes want to use the platform of college athletics to benefit Black students. They seek to form a permanent civic-engagement task force comprised of players from each school, experts of their choice, and university/conference administrators to address outstanding issues such as racial injustice in college sports and in society.

Also, they demand that 2% of all conference revenue be funneled to a fund directed by players to "support financial aid for low-income Black students, community initiatives, and development programs for college athletes on each campus."

Last, the players want to form an annual "Pac-12 Black College Athlete Summit with guaranteed representation of at least three athletes of [their] choice from every school."

Guaranteed Medical Expense Coverage: Insurance selected by the players "for sports-related medical conditions, including COVID- 19 illness" that will last until six years after NCAA eligibility ends. 

Name, Image, and Likeness Rights & Representation: The group seeks "the freedom to secure representation, receive basic necessities from any third party, and earn money for use of our name, image, and likeness rights."

Fair Market Pay, Rights, & Freedoms: Players demand that 50% of each sport's total revenue be evenly distributed among the athletes in that sport.

Six-year scholarships that cover undergraduate and graduate degrees.

The elimination of any policies and practices that restrict freedom of speech, the ability to fully participate in charity work, and the freedom to participate in non-athletic activities. 

Each player gets to transfer one time without consequence and then can get additional punishment-free transfers if in cases of abuse or serious negligence.

The ability to go back to school and finish NCAA eligibility if they go undrafted and remains out of a professional league within seven days of the draft.

Due process rights. 

On Friday, the Pac-12 unveiled a new, ten-game, conference only schedule for each team that will begin on September 26. 

Will it get played? We will see. 

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Jevon Holland, Kayvon Thibodeaux named to 2020 Bednarik watch list

Jevon Holland, Kayvon Thibodeaux named to 2020 Bednarik watch list

Should the 2020 collegiate football season not happen altogether, it would be a real shame for many reasons but one of the rather sad ones will be not getting to see the potential dominance this 2020 Oregon defense has in store not just for the Pac-12 conference but in the nation.

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On a more positive note, two Oregon Ducks have been named to the 2020 Chuck Bednarik watch list, which is presented annually to the College Defensive Player of the Year. Those two Ducks are Jevon Holland and Kayvon Thibodeaux.

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Here’s why:

JEVON HOLLAND

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound safety immediately made an impact on the program the moment he stepped onto the football field.

Holland was a consensus four-star recruit and rated the No. 2 safety in the state of California coming out of Bishop O’Dowd High School in Pleasanton, Calif.

In 2018, Holland finished second in the Pac-12 and tied for 10th nationally with a team-high five interceptions. 2019 was more of the same story: One of four FBS players with four or more interceptions in both 2018 and 2019 and tied for the Pac-12 and team lead with four INTs. Holland is the first Duck to lead the team in INTs back-to-back seasons since Jairus Byrd (2006 & 2007).

Holland now enters his junior season as one of the best safeties in the game. He is one of three returning FBS players with four or more INTs each of the last two years. The Oregon secondary is poised for a dominant season ahead, returning starters Thomas Graham Jr., Deommodore Lenoir, Brady Breeze, Nick Pickett along with Holland. 

KAYVON THIBODEAUX

The No. 1 ranked recruit in the 2019 class made headlines when he committed to the University of Oregon on national television.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound defensive end from South Central Los Angeles, California is Oregon’s second highest commit in program history. His college debut in 2019 was nothing short of dominant, in part due to his quickness off the line matched with the physical tools. 

As a freshman, Thibodeaux led the nation with seven sacks in the fourth quarter. He set the program freshman record with a team-high 9.0 sacks and also led the way with 14.0 tackles for loss. The year concluded in a plethora of Freshman All-American awards.

Thibodeaux now enters his sophomore season with still lots left in the tank.

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The Pac-12 Conference announced on Friday that it has canceled all non-conference play this upcoming season following in the footsteps of the Big Ten Conference who was the first power-5 conference to cancel all non-conference play due to the coronavirus pandemic.

One can only hope that the season does play out (safely, of course) so the nation can have a look at what this Oregon defense is poised to accomplish in 2020...

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Trio of Oregon Ducks land on Preseason All-America First Team 

Trio of Oregon Ducks land on Preseason All-America First Team 

The Walter Camp Football Foundation posted its preseason All-America teams on Thursday, and some familiar faces top the list. 

Oregon football standouts Penei Sewell, Kayvon Thibodeaux, and Jevon Holland were represented on the Preseason All-America first team. They are the only team with a trio of players on the list and make up over half of the Pac-12 players who received First-Team honors. 

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6-foot-6, 330-pound Penei Sewell is coming off his sophomore year as the top-graded offensive lineman in the nation. Sewell led the country with a PFF run-blocking grade of 95.3, and was the winner of the 2019 Outland Trophy, a prestigious nod presented to the nation’s top interior lineman. He became the first Oregon player to take home this award. 

After receiving multiple Heisman votes in 2019, Sewell is primed to have yet again another monster season with the Ducks. Many 2021 mock drafts already have Sewell listed as a top-overall pick.  

Kayvon Thibodeaux, a former five-star recruit, has lived up to the hype. As the No. 2 overall prospect in the 2019 recruiting class, Thibodeaux had a team-high nine sacks last season, second among freshman nationally. He also earned multiple accolades, including Pac-12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year. 

Jevon Holland was tabbed a Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist and had a Pac-12 tying four interceptions in 2019. He became the first player to lead Oregon in interceptions in consecutive seasons and was named to Pro Football Focus’ All-Pac-12 team. In 14 games for the Ducks, Holland recorded 66 tackles with 4.5 tackles for loss.

The Ducks are coming off a mighty season in 2019, finishing 10-2 in the regular season and securing wins in the Pac-12 Championship and Rose Bowl. Expectations remain sky high this season, even without star quarterback Justin Herbert, as Oregon is the favorite to win the Pac-12 once again. 

The last time Oregon won consecutive Pac-12 titles was nearly 10 years ago with Chip Kelly (2009, 2010, 2011) at helm. 

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Ducks safety Jevon Holland leads charge on renaming Deady Hall at Oregon

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Ducks safety Jevon Holland leads charge on renaming Deady Hall at Oregon

Nationwide protests have raged on against police brutality and systematic racial injustice in the United States in response to the death of George Floyd while in police custody. 

Among those speaking out has been the Oregon Ducks football team. 

Mario Cristobal attended a Black Lives Matter rally on Sunday. Multiple players spoke out against New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees saying he will never think kneeling during the national anthem is right. Many other players have been using social media to communicate and aid the movement, including Jevon Holland.

The Ducks safety took to Twitter and criticized the University of Oregon, who released a statement "speaking out against hatred, racism and violence" while having an academic hall (Deady Hall) named after a Matthew Deady, President of the Oregon Constitutional Convention of 1857. 

Deady had the university's first building named after him and was given the position of President of the UO Board of Regents in 1873.

He also was in favor of slavery in Oregon and was quoted saying Black people are just as much property as “horses, cattle and land.”

After gaining some traction on Twitter, Holland posted the same message on his Instagram which has 19.1k followers.

Now two days later, the Daily Emerald reports that University of Oregon board of trustees member Andrew Colas requested an emergency vote in the next two weeks to rename Deady Hall during Thursday's meeting due to the nationwide protests condemning police brutality and racism. 

Colas is the only black man on Oregon's board of trustees. 

“It’s hard being the only Black person on a board,” he told the Daily Emerald. “I’m always that person and I push as much as I can, but it really gets hard. And I hope every one of you — every single one of you — will align with me in understanding that we have to be the university that takes a stand on this, and we have to be the first.”

Responding to the report, Holland approved saying "I LOVE IT!" 

This isn't the first time the University has considered changing the name of Deady Hall.

In 2017, unanimously the board voted to change Dunn Hall, named after a KKK member who was a classics professor at the UO, to Unthank Hall, named after DeNorval Unthank Jr., the first Black student to graduate from the UO’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts.  

However, President Michael Shill decided to not rename Deady Hall.

“In my view, the facts set forth in the historian’s report do not support overturning the presumption of renaming Deady Hall,” Schill said in 2017 per the Daily Emerald. 

Now three years later, renaming Deady Hall has found newfound momentum, along with many other forms of reform. 

Holland, along with his teammates and many in the Oregon Ducks community will continue to fight racial injustice in the United States.

After the video of George Floyd's death went viral, the lack of charges brought upon police officer Derek Chauvin, nor the other three officers, by the Minneapolis Police Department sparked nationwide outrage leading to national protests and riots against police brutality and public pressure to arrest the four officers. 

Chauvin has since been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. An additional second-degree murder charge was added Wednesday, too. As well as the other three officers being arrested and charged with aiding and abetting murder Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced Wednesday.

Oregon Ducks have a pipeline of Top-10 NFL Draft picks for years to come

Oregon Ducks have a pipeline of Top-10 NFL Draft picks for years to come

PSA: Get used to hearing Oregon Ducks taken off the board early and often in future NFL Drafts.

Why?

Because Mario Cristobal is leading the way. It starts with recruiting, which we all know that Cristobal is one of the best. Then it’s about turning those guys into NFL caliber players, which we’ve seen happen since Cristobal took over as head coach on Dec. 8, 2017.

But not just NFL players… top-10 draft picks.

On the latest Talkin’ Ducks Podcast, host Jordan Kent is joined by special guest GoDucks.com editor-in-chief Rob Moseley, who joined the Oregon Athletic Communications Office in July 2013 and works as the Editor in Chief for all Oregon athletics.

I think that just naturally follows when you’re recruiting at an elite level. Guys break the mold every year. Three-star guys and two-star guys succeed in college and upset the rankings a little bit in the college level and you see it in the draft… The odds that you’re going to succeed are just so much higher, the higher rated recruit you are. — Rob Moseley

A few examples come to mind: offensive lineman Penei Sewell and safety Jevon Holland. Both are projected as top-10 draft picks in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Those are two kids too who the moment they got here, you’re like ‘Oh, those are dudes.’ — Rob Moseley

The Sewell Heisman hype train left the station the moment he stepped onto the field.

FRESHMAN YEAR (2018)

- Rated the top freshman offensive lineman overall, the No. 2 offensive lineman in the Pac-12 and the No. 7 tackle in the nation with an 84.0 grade from Pro Football Focus. Sewell became the first offensive lineman in Oregon history to earn All-Pac-12 Conference honors as a true freshman. 

- First Oregon true freshman offensive lineman to start the first game of the season since 1997. Unfortunately, an injury kept him out for the final six games in that 2018-2019 season. But the fact that Sewell received all those accolades in just seven games is quite impressive. 

SOPHOMORE YEAR (2019)

- The 2019 Outland Trophy Winner, presented to the nation’s top interior lineman regardless of offense or defense. Sewell is the first player in Oregon history to win this award.

- Finished as the top-graded offensive lineman in the nation and in Pro Football Focus history at 95.5. 

- Also led the nation with a PFF run-blocking grade of 95.3 and was third with a pass-blocking grade of 91.1.

Penei Sewell, he’s going to be a guy like Chase Young this year: everyone was like ‘He’s the best player, but I don’t know if he’ll be the No. 1 pick. We’ll see what teams need if they’re picking No. 1.’ But Chase Young was the best player in this year’s draft class and you can see a similar discussion about Penei Sewell next year. — Rob Moseley

He’s not wrong. 

And then there’s Jevon Holland.

He is one of three players returning this upcoming season with four or more interceptions in the last two seasons. Holland’s nine interceptions from 2018-2019 were tied for the third most in the FBS over that span and the Ducks are 7-1 when he has an INT.

You look at the versatility a player like Jevon Holland has, it just seems like a perfect fit for what you need to do to play defense now. He’s big enough to be a safety, come up and tackle anybody who’s carrying the ball and yet athletic enough to cover just about anybody too. — Rob Moseley

The highest number of Ducks selected in an NFL Draft is six: 1940, 1943, 1950, 1972, 2002, and 2009. This upcoming year could indeed break that record.

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The magic number for Oregon vs. Arizona

The magic number for Oregon vs. Arizona

Oregon (8-1, 6-0 Pac-12) is on track to the Pac-12 Conference Title game and in the running as a College Football Playoff contender. The Ducks have three conference games left and Arizona (4-5, 2-4 Pac-12) is the next opponent they must beat. The Ducks are coming off a bye with a lot on line… Here are 10 numbers you need to know about the 7:30 p.m. kickoff in Autzen Stadium.

CROWN ON THE LINE

A Duck win against the Wildcats in the Pac-12-After-Dark game would clinch the North Division title and a spot in the Pac-12 championship. It would be Oregon’s third Pac-12 North crown.

AMONG THE NATION’S ELITE

Oregon is one of five FBS teams (Baylor, Clemson, Minnesota, Ohio State) off to a 6-0 start in conference play. 

BETTING LINE

Oregon opened as 26.5 point favorites over Arizona, which marks the Ducks’ sixth straight home game as a double-digit favorite.

BALL HAWKS

Oregon leads the nation with 17 interceptions, which is the program's most through nine games since 1988. The Ducks' 11.78 points off turnovers per game ranks second in the country and is a major contributing factor in the Ducks’ eight-game winning streak. Jevon Holland and Verone McKinley III each have four picks, leading the team. Eleven different Ducks have recorded an interception.

DON’T MESS WITH HOLLAND

Holland, a sophomore, leads active Pac-12 players in career interceptions with nine. The Jim Thorpe semifinalist is tied for the most career interceptions among sophomores in the nation.

UPSET HISTORY

Arizona has beaten Oregon each of the past three matchups where the Wildcats enter unranked and the Ducks enter ranked. The Wildcats topped No. 19 Oregon, 44-15 last year that featured Arizona running back J.J. Taylor rushing for 212 yards and two scores.

THE MAGIC NUMBER, 40

In the last 12 games between Oregon and Arizona, the Ducks are 7-0 when scoring more than 40 points per game and 0-5 when scoring less than 40.

GOOD INJURY UPDATE

Oregon’s top two running backs, backs CJ Verdell (groin) and Cyrus Habibi-Likio (quad) are expected to play against Arizona. Starting right guard Dallas Warmack (hip flexor) is also good to go.

DON’T UNDERESTIMATE TAYLOR

Arizona’s rushing attack ranks second in the Pac-12, led by JJ Taylor who is ninth in the Pac-12 in rushing with 566 yards. The Wildcats’ total offense (495.8 yards per game) ranks 12th in the country and second in the conference.

EXPLOSION PLAY ALERT

Arizona has had five plays go for 70 or more yards this season. Across the country, only Oklahoma State, Alabama, Colorado State and UCF have more.

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10 numbers to know: Oregon Ducks vs. USC Trojans

10 numbers to know: Oregon Ducks vs. USC Trojans

Oregon takes a seven-game win streak to USC for a 5 p.m. Saturday showdown at LA Memorial Coliseum.

The crucial matchup is the first meeting between Oregon and USC since 2016. The No. 7 Ducks (7-1, 5-0 Pac-12) look to stay atop the Pac-12 North Division. A win for the Trojans (5-3, 4-1 Pac-12) would keep them on the path to the Pac-12 Championship game and eligible for a bowl game, after not qualifying last season.

Here are 10 stats and numbers you need to know about perhaps the hardest game remaining on Oregon's regular-season schedule.

THE MAGIC NUMBER

Under head coach Mario Cristobal, Oregon is 9-0 when it rushes for 200 yards in a game.

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VERDELL JOINS THE GREATS

CJ Verdell set the Autzen Stadium rushing record on Saturday against WSU. Also, his 257-yard rushing performance is the most since Kenjon Barner’s 321 yards at USC in 2012, the first and only Duck to rush for over 300 yards.

OH, BROTHER

The Pittman and Winston brothers will each be on opposite sidelines. USC wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. and Oregon wide receiver Mycah Pittman are brothers, as are USC outside linebacker Eli'jah Winston and Oregon outside linebacker La'Mar Winston Jr.

COMING HOME?

USC has four players from Oregon on its roster (S Talanoa Hufanga, DL Brandon Pili, DL Marlon Tuipulotu and OLB Eli'jah Winston). Compared to the 48 Californians on Oregon’s roster.

A WIN WOULD…

Give Oregon its first 6-0 start to Pac-12 play since 2012 and make them the first Pac-12 team to accomplish the feat since Washington in 2016.

IS THAT GOOD?

Oregon has outscored its opponents 267-91, including 142-34 in the second half, during its seven-game win streak.

INSANE RATIO

Quarterback Justin Herbert has just one interception over his last 360 pass attempts in Pac- 12 road games with 24 touchdowns over that span.

RUNNING BERSERK

CJ Verdell leads the Pac-12 in rushing (753) following his 257-yard performance last week against Washington State. His 313 all-purpose yards against the Cougars are the most by an FBS player this season.

BALL HAWKS

Oregon leads the nation with 14 interceptions and is one of five FBS teams with two players (Jevon Holland has four, Verone McKinley III has three) with three or more picks.

HOME SWEET, COLISEUM

USC is 4-0 at home in 2019, beating: Fresno State, Stanford, Utah and Arizona.

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Injuries mounting for Oregon Ducks

Injuries mounting for Oregon Ducks

Late in the first quarter, senior tight end Jacob Breeland went down with an injury and did not return to the game.

The tight end caught a 22-yard pass from Justin Herbert, was tackled out of bounds and immediately grabbed his leg. Breeland did not get up for a few plays and was immediately taken to the medical tent.

Breeland, the Ducks’ leading receiver, had a strong start to the game before the injury: three receptions for 53 yards and Oregon’s first touchdown of the game. He leads the nation among tight ends with six touchdowns this season.

This season, Breeland has become Mr. Dependable, with 26 receptions and 405 receiving yards, averaging of 15.6 yards per reception.

Late in the second quarter, senior linebacker Troy Dye and sophomore safety Jevon Holland experienced an unfortunate collision. It appeared Holland's calf hit Dye's helmet as both players dove for the runner. Both Ducks were slow to get up and attended to by medical staff.

Dye walked off the field to the injury tent and returned to the game a few plays later.

Holland was helped to a chair on the sideline before leaving the stadium on a cart. Holland returned to the sideline in the third quarter in a boot. 

Holland is Oregon’s second leading tackler, behind Dye, with 24 tackles and three interceptions this season. He has eight career interceptions, the most by an active Oregon player. Holland is also averaging 24.4 yards per punt return, the highest in the nation.

The only good news is, Oregon responded with a touchdown, a red zone stand and then another touchdown before halftime to extend the lead to 24-3.

10 numbers to know: Oregon vs. Colorado

10 numbers to know: Oregon vs. Colorado

The Ducks have redemption on the mind in their upcoming game against Colorado on Friday night in Oregon Coach Mario Cristobal’s 20th game as head coach. No. 13 Oregon (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) is looking to win its seventh of the last eight matchups against Colorado (3-2,1-1) at 7 p.m. Friday October 11 at Autzen Stadium.

Here are 10 stats and numbers you need to know to be the fan-dropping knowledge at the tailgate:

REDEMPTION ON THE MIND

The last time the two teams met on the field, Colorado came into Autzen and shocked the Ducks with a 41-38 victory in 2016. The Ducks haven’t forgotten that defeat. It was the first-career start for Colorado quarterback Steven Montez, who is still the Buffalo’s starting quarterback. Montez had a record-setting day in the game, throwing for 333 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 135 yards and another score to become the first player in CU history to have 300 yards passing and 100 yards rushing in the same game.

DOMINATING DUCK DEFENSE

Oregon's defense is yielding just 9.8 points per game, best in the Pac-12 and sixth in the nation. UO has held its last four opponents to single digits, the first Power 5 team to do so since Michigan in 2015. Oregon has allowed just one touchdown over its opponents' last 51 drives and has forced 17 three-and-outs over that span.  

BETTING LINE

The Ducks opened as 20.5-point favorites over Colorado. The over/under has been set at 57 total points.

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THIBODEAUX TIME

Gus Cumberlander will miss the remainder of the season, according to Coach Mario Cristobal. True freshman Kayvon Thibodeaux is being called into the starting role. Thibodeaux is coming off his best performance yet as a Duck, which earned him Pac-12 Defensive Lineman of the Week honors. Against Cal he provided major highlights, recording his first sack and finishing the game with two. It’s time for the 6-foot-5, 242-pound defensive end to unleash his ability.

BUFFALOS VS. RANKED FOES

The No. 13 Ducks will be Colorado's third ranked opponent this season. The Buffaloes are 2-0 in those games, beating both No. 25 Nebraska and No. 24 Arizona State in September.

A WIN WOULD…

Improve Oregon to 3-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time since 2013.

HOLLAND DOES IT ALL

Safety Jevon Holland is Oregon’s second leading tackler, behind Troy Dye, with 24 tackles and three interceptions this season. He has eight career interceptions, the most by an active Oregon player. Holland is also averaging 24.4 yards per punt return, the highest in the nation.

DEPENDABLE, EXPLOSIVE BREELAND

Senior Jacob Breeland has caught 23 of his 28 targets this season. His five touchdown catches rank second in the nation among tight ends. Breeland has been one of Oregon’s main sources for explosive plays: Five of Oregon’s 34 plays of 20-plus yards were to Breeland, two of which were touchdowns. Currently, Breeland has 22 receptions of 20-plus yards in his career.

BURNED REDSHIRTS IN 2019 CLASS

Now that Oregon has played five games, there are eight Ducks from the 2019 class that have burned their redshirt eligibility. If you aren’t familiar with the new redshirt rule established in 2018 by the NCAA, college football players can play up to four games in a season and still redshirt without burning a year of eligibility.

True freshman who have played in all five games and can no longer redshirt: wide receiver Josh Delgado, linebacker Mase Funa, defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, cornerback Mykael Wright, defensive back DJ James, defensive back Jamal Hill, linebacker Ge’Mon Eaford and kicker Camden Lewis.

HERBERT MAKING HISTORY

In Oregon’s most recent win over Cal, quarterback Justin Herbert moved into second at Oregon in career passing yards with 8,411, behind only Marcus Mariota.
 The senior’s 15 touchdown passes in the last five games are the most over that span in school history.


Oregon vs. California: 10 numbers to know

Oregon vs. California: 10 numbers to know

The well-rested Oregon Ducks will will face California in their Pac-12 Conference home opener on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Oregon (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12) is the only remaining team in the North Division without a loss and looking to stay atop of the North standings. The No. 13 Ducks have won nine of their last 10 games against Cal (4-1, 1-1) and scored 40 or more points in the last eight matchups vs. the Golden Bears.

Here are 10 stats and numbers you need to know to be the fan dropping knowledge at the tailgate:

BAD NEWS FOR THE BEARS

Cal’s first defeat of the season came with a major blow. Starting quarterback Chase Garbers suffered a right shoulder injury during Cal’s 27-17 loss to Arizona State Friday night. Bears coach Justin Wilcox announced Monday night that the sophomore is out indefinitely.

BETTING LINE

The Ducks opened as 14-point favorites over the Bears. The line has since shifted to -18 with a 46 total points over/under.

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NEXT MAN UP

Bears backup quarterback Devon Modster will likely be in command vs. Oregon. Modster transferred to Cal this past offseason after leaving the UCLA program in 2018. Last Friday in relief, he completed just five of his 12 passes for 23 yards with one interception in the Arizona State end zone. “Honest, I think I played terrible. I could have played a lot better,” Modster told reporters.

DUCK DEFENSE IS DOMINATING

For the first time since 1933, Oregon hasn’t allowed a touchdown in three consecutive games. The Duck defense has kept opponents out of the end zone for 38 consecutive drives.

HERBERT VS. CAL

Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert has nine career touchdown passes vs. Cal, tied for his most against one opponent. The senior looks to extend two nation leading streaks on Saturday: 32 consecutive games with a touchdown pass and 174 attempts without an interception.

QUICK STARTS

Oregon is one of two FBS teams (Wisconsin) that hasn't allowed a first half touchdown this season, while outscoring its opponents 84-15 in the first half through the first four games.

A WIN WOULD…

Improve Oregon to 2-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time since 2013.

BREELAND ALL BUSINESS

Senior Jacob Breeland is the national leader among tight ends with five touchdowns this season. He is fourth in career receiving yards among Oregon tight ends all-time with 1,085. Breeland’s reliability has been crucial, catching 18 of his 21 targets this season.

WATCH OUT FOR HOLLAND

Safety Jevon Holland is coming off a career-high eight tackles and recorded his second interception of the season against Stanford. His seven career interceptions rank second most career interceptions among sophomores in the nation (Syracuse’s Andre Cisco has 9).

CRISTOBAL ON FIRE AT HOME

Oregon looking to improve to 9-1 at home under coach Cristobal against Cal.