Following a season that culminated in a Rose Bowl win, the Oregon football program has gotten good news regarding four potential NFL players. Cornerbacks Thomas Graham Jr., Deommodore Lenoir and defensive linemen Jordon Scott and Austin Faoliu have announced at a press conference that they will be returning for their senior seasons.
Four Oregon Defenders Returning
This is huge news. There was already going to be plenty of talent on the defensive side of the ball, but now they will be returning four players who have played significant snaps and a significant role in their first three seasons.
Graham and Lenoir making their way back to the program will enable some of the younger defensive backs to continue to develop.
Luke Hill and Dontae Manning will be coming in as true freshman cornerbacks, but now won’t be forced into a role they aren’t ready for and will only have to play a big role if they show they are truly ready.
On the defensive line, this also allows depth to continue being built. Scott has shown to be one of the better interior lineman in the Pac-12 in his time in college so far, constantly taking up two blockers and making the jobs of the other linemen and linebackers much easier.
Faoliu hasn’t quite had the impact that Scott has, but he has been playing since he was a true freshman, and he played a big role on the defensive line this past season.
Being able to bring back these four players is huge going forward. As mentioned above, it allows younger players to continue to develop if they aren’t quite ready, and helps build the depth on this defense for Mario Cristobal and Andy Avalos.
The defense was already expected to be the strength of the team next season, but now it should be towards the top of the country.
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