Kayvon Thibodeaux has some lofty goals for the 2021 season. Of course, the Oregon defensive end wants to win a Pac 12 Championship, and even a national championship — but the aspirations do not stop there.
In a recent appearance on SportsCenter, Thibodeaux revealed that he has his eyes set on a Heisman Trophy.
“First is to win this fall camp and have the best fall camp of the year,” Thibodeaux said. “Then it’s to hopefully play for a national championship. Go 1-0 through the process. And then, with the national championship, I hope to win the Heisman.”
It is an extremely rare occurrence for a defender to even be considered a Heisman Trophy finalist, let alone win the award that stands at the pinnacle of individual achievement in college football. Former Michigan defensive back Charles Woodson is the only primarily defensive player to join the pantheon of Heisman winners. The winner as a junior in 1997, Woodson had seven interceptions, one rushing touchdown, two receiving touchdowns in a few snaps as a wide receiver and a punt return touchdown to help the Wolverines win a share of the national title.