Sewell Lands On Butkus Award Watch List


CHICAGO — After being named the Pac-12 defensive freshman of the year in 2020, Oregon linebacker Noah Sewell has landed on the 2021 preseason watch list for the Butkus Award.
Sewell was announced on Monday as one of 51 collegiate players selected to the watch list for the award, which has honored the nation’s best linebacker since 1985. It is named after Dick Butkus, arguably the greatest defensive player in football history.
Sewell was terrific for the Ducks as a true freshman, finishing as one of only two FBS true freshmen and the only in the Power 5 to lead his team in tackles (45). He was the first Oregon true freshman to lead the team in tackles since Troy Dye in 2016, and he led all Pac-12 freshmen in tackles, tackles for loss (6.5) and sacks (2.0).
A native of Malaeimi, American Samoa, Sewell finished 2020 as the sixth-highest graded linebacker in the Pac-12 by Pro Football Focus (70.5). In his first career matchup against Oregon State, Sewell made 10 tackles and added two TFLs to become just the second UO freshmen since 2000 with double-digit tackles and multiple tackles for loss in the same game.
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