Canadian Oregon Ducks star DB Jevon Holland prepared to sit out 2020 NCAA football season

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University of Oregon star defensive back Jevon Holland stands united with a group of Pac-12 players.

Holland wants to ensure future college athletes are treated fairly. He believes black athletes are systematically exploited by the NCAA. Players are being asked to compete during the COVID-19 pandemic without health standards and transparency, it’s just the latest example of the exploitation Holland’s talking about.

“We’re not your entertainment, we’re human beings. Just like you would help your family, we want to help our mother, father, grandmother, everyone,” Holland told Sports Illustrated.

“We don’t know the long-term risks. We have no idea how it’s going to affect our body regardless if we show symptoms or not. I refuse to put my health at risk for somebody else’s benefit.”

Holland had a strong sophomore season in 2019. He notched 66 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, defended eight passes while intercepting four more — tying for the Pac-12 conference lead. Also, the six-foot-one, 200-pounder returned 16 punts for 244 yards, including a long of 81 yards.

Last season Holland helped Oregon go 12-2 and win the Rose Bowl. The dual Canadian-United States citizen was raised in Vancouver until he was eight years old. He’s a fast-rising National Football League prospect who could boost his draft stock by putting together yet another productive campaign.

However, if Holland does not see adequate change in his outlined areas, the Ducks do-it-all safety is prepared to opt out of the 2020 NCAA season.