Oregon safety Jevon Holland opts out of season and declares for NFL draft

Oregon safety Jevon Holland announced Saturday that he will opt out of his junior season and declare for the 2021 NFL draft. 

Holland shared the news in a statement via Twitter where he thanked his family, Oregon's staff and his teammates.

"I want to thank my BROTHERS," Holland said in the statement. "You men are the reason I came to Oregon. Everything from the long meetings, to running the stadium, to life long memories on and off the field. I wouldn't have wanted to be beside anyone else. Love y'all boys."

Holland is the latest in a long line of players who have opted out of this 2020 season due to complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Holland's decision also comes just two days after the Pac-12 announced it will attempt to play a shortened seven-game season exclusively within its own conference. 

Without further adieu… pic.twitter.com/7JVvLXw0xq

The Coquitlam, Canada, native will be missed by the Ducks. He is tied for third among active FBS players in interceptions with nine and was a Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist last season. He accumulated 66 total tackles, four interceptions and returned one for a touchdown in 2019.

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