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Oregon Football

Graham Elevating His Own Game

August 14, 2019

Cornerback Thomas Graham grew up right in front of our own eyes. Like that he was thrust into action as a freshman and now enters this year as a Junior with a lot of promise and a lot on his shoulders.

Oregon’s cornerbacks Graham and Lenoir did as much growing last season as any two players on the Ducks roster. With this season looking to be a big one for them he talks about the depth Oregon has built and how he’s elevated his own game.

Below are the highlights with the full video posted at the bottom.

On his game:

“Yes I feel towards the end of last year I was where I wanted to be and how I wanted to play. Donte’ brought that out in me. He showed me how to use my mind when it comes to breaking down opponents on film and stuff. Getting in extra film to be able to prepare me.”

On Freshmen:

“They’re talented. Mykael’s (Wright) come in making a lot of plays. DJ (James) is balling. Daewood is making a great transition. Everybody in the room is doing what they are supposed to be doing.”

On Pre-Game Jitters:

“I’m bigger than I ever was. I’m stronger, faster. My thing to get over my jitters is my dad and my mom. My support system.”

On Mykael Wright:

“They call him Kawhi is his nickhame. He’s quiet. He’s a killer.”

Hardest Receiver to Cover:

“I’d have to say Johnny. He has a very good twitch. In the red zone it’s Juwan.”

On Brady Breeze:

“He’s more towards the boundary. He communicates very well. He seems to understand this defense a little better than the past defense. The sky is the limit for him.”

On Depth of Team:

“Yes it is more depth. I think that’s because of the seniors and juniors that decided to come back this year. With them coming back with these past three recruiting classes that’s depth now. The freshmen defense will probably end up being the best defense Oregon has ever seen if they stay together. They have that competitive edge.”

Best Player in Camp:

“I’ll give it to Justin Herbert. He’s like he keeps getting better. He’s throwing his receivers open. He puts balls in places that’s unreal. He’s making throws some NFL quarterbacks can’t make. Also Jevon Holland. Our D-line has made a big jump too.”

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