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Thibodeaux Hoping to Change Family Dynamic

April 10, 2019

What has not been customary at Oregon was the ability to speak with freshmen that have yet to play a game. 

But this is Mario Cristobal’s team now and he does what he wants. 

So much to the delight of fans, 5-Star defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux was made available on Tuesday to media following practice. The intriguing former 5-Star had a lot to offer the media including his background and his ‘mission’ at Oregon.

Getting Acclimated:

“I’m loving it. I was able to get comfortable once we got on shoulder pads and helmets. I just love it because it’s a higher tempo. High school is a lot of standing around. Out here we going.”

On HS to CFB:

“Everybody big. You got corners out here squatting 500 pounds.”

On Avalos’ New System:

“He’s a new guy and it’s a new system. You gotta learn it. There’s no excuses.”

On Going from L.A. to Eugene:

“L.A is what you hear. Straight out of Compton is real. Being inner city it’s real dangerous for kids. It’s sad. I’ve got stories, I’ve been shot at. I’ve had real life or death experiences. It’s just life. YOu don’t get away where you come from. But you find your own path. This is my path, I guess it’s a pit stop.”

On Playing Stud vs DE:

“I like the 2’s, I love my boys, but I want to run with the 1’s. Coach Joe gave me a few reps with the 1’s so I just want more. Coach Joe is a technician. I’m hand down, defensive end. My hand is in the dirt. I was 227 when I got here, I’m at 241 now, I can gain some more weight.” 

On Staying in L.A.

“If I would have stayed I might have died. Because you can’t get away from trouble. I’m on a mission to change my family dynamic, to get us out of poverty.” 

On playing Chess:

“The ladies love smart guys.”



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