Justin Herbert’s accomplishments at Oregon are still being honored as the quarterback prepares for his rookie season with the Los Angeles Chargers.
Herbert was named the Division I CoSIDA Academic all-American of the year for all sports on Thursday, joining Bill Musgrave (1990) and Galen Rupp (2009) as the only Oregon athletes to claim the award.
"It’s a huge honor," Herbert, a three-time academic all-American, said in a release. "It’s a reflection of the University of Oregon and our football program. The way we did things on and off the field, the way that coach (Mario) Cristobal and coach (Marcus) Arroyo did things and what they emphasized set the standard for everyone.
"I couldn’t have done it without them, I couldn’t have done it without the Jaqua Center staff at the University of Oregon and all the remarkable opportunities we were given. I just put the work in and they gave me the opportunities. I couldn’t be more thankful."
As a senior, Herbert won the Campbell Trophy, known as the "academic Heisman," and was the Pac-12’s football scholar of the year. The Ducks’ four-year starter was also named the academic team member of the year for football by CoSIDA for the second consecutive year.
Herbert graduated from UO with a 4.01 grade-point average and a general science degree while leading the Ducks to the Pac-12 championship and a Rose Bowl victory. He was selected by the Chargers with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft.
Holland on Hornung watch list
Oregon’s Jevon Holland is one of 50 players on the preseason watch list for the Paul Hornung Award given to the nation’s most versatile player.
The junior defensive back and punt returner was previously named to the Thorpe Award (defensive back of the year), Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year) and Nagurski Trophy (defensive player of the year) watch lists.
Holland, a projected first-round NFL draft pick, had 66 tackles and a team-high four interceptions last season.
Other Pac-12 players up for the Hornung Award are Utah wide receiver Britain Covey, UCLA running back Demetric Felton, Colorado wide receiver K.D. Nixon, USC wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown and Stanford wide receiver Connor Wedington.
Breeze on Wuerffel watch list
Oregon’s Brady Breeze is one of 114 players on the preseason watch list for the Wuerffel Trophy given for community service.
The senior safety had a career-high 12 tackles, a forced fumble and returned a fumble for a touchdown in the Ducks’ dramatic 28-27 victory over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. Breeze had a key fourth-down stop and interception to set the tone for the defense in the win over Utah in the Pac-12 championship game and a memorable pick-six in the route at USC.
Oregon State defensive lineman Isaac Hodgins and defensive back Jaydon Grant are also up for the Wuerffel Trophy.
Contact reporter Ryan Thorburn at email@example.com or 541-338-2330, and follow him on Twitter @By_RyanThorburn and Instagram @rg_ducksports. Want more stories like this? Subscribe to get unlimited access and support local journalism.