Reggie Bush names two Oregon Ducks on his preseason top-5 defensive players list

Ashley Young
NBC Sports Northwest

Reggie Bush will go down as one of the best running backs in collegiate football history. 

The former USC Heisman Trophy winner made a name for himself with his unique ability to read defenses and exploit individual weaknesses making opponents look straight silly.

Following his football career, Bush stepped into the broadcasting role and landed a College Football Studio Analyst position with Fox Sports. The panel includes: former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, Koel Klatt, former USC quarterback Matt Leinart, former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn and Rob Stone. 

The six, along with CFB fans, dished out their preseason top-5 defensive players.

Bush named two Ducks out of the five: safety Jevon Holland and defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux.

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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. 


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.

While the status of the collegiate football season is still unknown due to the impending coronavirus pandemic, there is one thing that is for certain: the Oregon Ducks defense is going to be scary next season.

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Reggie Bush names two Oregon Ducks on his preseason top-5 defensive players list originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

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