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Oregon Football: Kayvon Thibodeaux ranked nation’s No. 1 player for 2021

(EDITORS NOTE: caption correction) Sep 7, 2019; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux (5) reacts after making a tackle on Nevada Wolf Pack punter Quinton Conaway (35) in the first half at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

With the 2021 season approaching, we are starting to see preseason award watch lists released as well as certain college football sites release their top-50 players.

Every year, we speculate about the best players in the country and usually, it’s someone from Clemson, Ohio State, or Alabama gracing the top of the list. This year, it’s a familiar face from Oregon football as Kayvon Thibodeaux has been earning national recognition and hype for months now, starting with Mel Kiper Jr.