When the No. 25 Oregon Ducks take the field against the No. 10 Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday, January 2 in the Playstation Fiesta Bowl, it will be the final game Jordon Scott will play in an Oregon football uniform.
The 6’1”, 311-pound senior defensive tackle from Largo, Florida will pursue his dreams of the NFL following the game on Saturday.
This season, due to the coronavirus’ impact on collegiate sports, the NCAA has granted all seniors an extra season of eligibility.
After the 2020 Rose Bowl victory over the Wisconsin Badgers, then juniors Thomas Graham Jr., Deommodore Lenoir, Austin Faoliu and Scott all decided to return to Oregon for their seniors years. These were four staples in this Ducks defense that went from a 49th nationally ranked team in 2018 to No. 9 in 2019.
Graham Jr. was the only Duck of these four to remain opted out of this 2020-2021 season.
This week is media week ahead of the Fiesta Bowl and when asked on Tuesday if Scott has considered coming back for a ‘super’ senior year in 2021, he was firm with his stance:
That’s not really a decision for me. After this, this my last game at Oregon.
Throughout his four-year career at Oregon, Scott was a machine on the defensive line that commanded much attention for opposing teams. He started 37 of the last 38 games for Oregon, is a two-time Pac-12 All-Conference honorable mention (by the coaches) and has played over 1,000 combined snaps in the last two seasons.
Scott’s freshman campaign filled the stat sheet after recording 34 tackles (20 solo), 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.
When looking back at his career at Oregon, claiming back-to-back Pac-12 Championships and playing in a bowl game stands out.
“My goal is obviously to win a Pac-12 Championship and we got the opportunity to do that again, so minus any individual goals I didn’t achieve, I’m just happy that we still won the Pac-12 and got the opportunity to play in a New Years Six Bowl,” said Scott.
The Ducks will surely miss having “Fat Mac” on the line.