Oregon is reportedly getting back another defensive starter for the 2023 season.

According to The Oregonian’s James Crepea, safety Jamal Hill plans to return for what will be his fifth season of college ball next year. He joins Steve Stephens IV as a returning starter at the back of the defense.

Hill finished fifth on the defense this past season in tackles with 50 while playing in all 13 games (nine starts). He also had three pass breakups and a forced fumble.

Oregon needs to replace its leading tackler from the 2022 campaign in safety Bennett Williams, who has exhausted his eligibility. Standout corner Christian Gonzalez is also off to the NFL Draft.

With transfer additions from Evan Williams — Bennett’s brother — and former Alabama corner Khyree Jackson, Oregon could have a much different look to the secondary next year. The Ducks also added 2023 signees Kodi Decambra and Tyler Turner — both 4-stars — to the safety group. Turner is already enrolled and will go through spring ball.

Bryan Addison (one start, 12 appearances) could also be back for a sixth year, but he hasn’t announced anything publicly one way or the other yet.