Noah Sewell came to Oregon football as one of the top recruits in the entire 2020 class. He was ranked the No. 13 overall prospect in the class and got immediate playing time in the Ducks’ defense.
The former five-star linebacker played in all seven games, recording 48 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, and a forced fumble, earning All-Pac-12 honors as well as being named the conference’s defensive freshman of the year. He took the conference by storm and he’s looking like one of the best linebackers in the country ahead of 2021.
Sewell has made a handful of preseason All-Pac-12 teams. Phil Steele named him to his preseason second-team and Athlon Sports listed him as a third-teamer.
If I were a betting man, I’d say he will be a first-team linebacker by the end of the season and the only thing holding him back is experience. He has all the talent to be a star and a potential All-American candidate.
On Monday afternoon, he was named to the Butkus Award watch list which is given annually to the nation’s top linebacker.
Sewell’s preseason honors are stacking up.
Sewell could push for Bednarik Award recognition
Kayvon Thibodeaux was named to the Bednarik Award watch list on Monday which is college football’s premier defensive player award and I think Sewell could make a run at the midseason watch list.
Oregon football could have a number of top defensive players in 2021 including Thibodeaux, Sewell, Mykael Wright, and Justin Flowe, so don’t be surprised if someone is a finalist.
This defense is going to be scary in 2021, led by Sewell right in the middle and Thibodeaux up front.