Offensive linemen never know what to expect when matched up in front of him. He warrants a double team almost every single play and even then its not enough.
Although Thibodeaux is primarily a defensive end, he’s shown capabilities of playing outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, and/or defensive end in a 4-3 defense. Even at his size, he’s often dropped back into coverage into the curl to flats zone or picked up a running back in coverage and appeared to be fluid while doing so. Literally nothing he can’t do.
With that being said, his most impressive trait is his abilities to play big in big games. He excelled in the Ducks game against UCLA, which was that he's play in this year.Oregon’s biggest game thus far, a game in which Thibodeaux absolutely dominated. He finished the game with nine tackles(eight solo), two sacks and a forced fumble. Honestly, the stat sheet undersells him- he made a living in the Bruins’ backfield. He lined up inside, outside, on the left and on the right; and there was zero answer for him. Along with that, during his freshman year, he registered five tackles and 2.5 sacks against Utah, when the Utes were ranked #5 in the nation. Thibodeaux consistently rises up to the occasion in big games and leaves it all on the field.
Kayvon Thibodeaux has been sensational his whole college career and it looks like he’ll continue to be on the back half of the 2021 season. Thibodeaux consistently gives offensive lines and quarterbacks headaches. He’s easily the most dominant player in the nation, and has a chance to go really high in the 2022 NFL draft. Thibodeaux and the Ducks are in action this Saturday November 6 at 7:30 PM vs the Washington Huskies.