LOS ANGELES — Ten members of the Oregon football team have received preseason all-Pac-12 honors in a vote of the conference’s media, the league office announced on Tuesday morning.
Defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux was the lone unanimous first-team all-conference selection, and he was joined on the first team by center Alex Forsyth and cornerback Mykael Wright.
Running back CJ Verdell, wide receiver Johnny Johnson III, linebacker Noah Sewell and safety Verone McKinley III earned second-team all-Pac-12 honors, and running back Travis Dye, wide receiver Mycah Pittman and offensive lineman T.J. Bass received honorable mention recognition. Wright was also an honorable mention selection as a return specialist in addition to landing on the defensive first team.
The two-time defending Pac-12 champion Ducks were also voted as the preseason favorite to win the league. Oregon received 27 of 40 votes to win the Pac-12 Championship Game for a third straight year, as well as 38 of 40 votes to claim the Pac-12 North.
2021 PRESEASON ALL-PAC-12
DE Kayvon Thibodeaux – First Team Defense
» Lone unanimous first-team all-Pac-12 selection
» First Oregon defensive lineman to earn All-America honors since DeForest Buckner in 2015.
» First player to lead Oregon in sacks and TFLs in back-to-back seasons since Kenny Rowe (2009-10).
» 12.0 career sacks and 23.5 career tackles for loss.
C Alex Forsyth – First Team Offense
» Pac-12 all-conference second team in 2020
» Led the team with 440 total offensive snaps in 2020, allowing just one sack and four total pressures.
» Finished 2020 as Pro Football Focus’ second-highest graded center in the Pac-12 and 17th in the nation at 74.2
CB Mykael Wright – First Team Defense | Honorable Mention Return Specialist
» Pac-12 all-conference first team in 2020.
» Led the Pac-12 in 2020 with nine pass breakups.
» Allowed a completion percentage of 52.9 (18-of-34) when targeted, according to PFF.
» 650 career kick return yards and two touchdowns on 23 runbacks.
RB CJ Verdell – Second Team Offense
» Enters 2021 with 2,523 career rushing yards, good for No. 9 on the Oregon all-time list.
» 10 career 100-yard rushing performances, tied for eighth-most in program history.
» 21 career rushing touchdowns, just two away from cracking the top 10 in Oregon history.
» One of just five players in Oregon history to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons (2018-19).
WR Johnny Johnson III – Second Team Offense
» Enters the 2021 season with career totals of 114 receptions for 1,617 yards and 14 TDs.
» One of two Pac-12 players going into 2021 with 100 receptions, 1,500 receiving yards and 10 TDs.
» Needs 20 receptions, 431 yards and four TDs to enter the top 10 in program history in all three categories.
LB Noah Sewell – Second Team Defense
» Pac-12 freshman defensive player of the year in 2020.
» One of two FBS true freshmen and the only in Power 5 to lead his team in his team in tackles (45).
» First Oregon true freshman to lead the team in tackles since Troy Dye in 2016
» Led Pac-12 freshmen in tackles, FTLs (6.5) and sacks (2.0).
S Verone McKinley III – Second Team Defense
» Third on the team in 2020 with 41 total tackles, including 21 solo stops.
» One of just seven FBS players in 2020 with an interception, fumble recovery and at least seven tackles in a game (vs. UCLA).
» Enters 2021 with 90 career tackles (53 solo) and five interceptions.
RB Travis Dye – Honorable Mention
» Enters 2021 with 1,840 career rushing yards and 467 receiving yards with 11 total touchdowns.
» Led UO with 443 rushing yards in 2020 and was the only player in the Pac-12 to record at least 400 yards rushing and 200 yards receiving (239).
» First Oregon running back since 2012 with four receiving TDs in a season (2020) and two in a game (at WSU).
WR Mycah Pittman – Honorable Mention
» 26 career receptions for 350 yards and two touchdowns.
» Caught eight passes for 123 yards in five games in 2020.
» Seven of eight catches in 2020 resulted in a first down.
OL T.J. Bass – Honorable Mention
» Pac-12 all-conference honorable mention in 2020.
» Pac-12 offensive lineman of the week following Oregon’s win at Washington State.
» Did not allow a sack and surrendered just six pressures on 202 pass-blocking snaps.