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Return of the Quack: Penei Sewell

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: JAN 01 Rose Bowl - Oregon v Wisconsin Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Penei Sewell

Offensive Tackle - 6’6”, 330 lb. - Malaeimi, American Samoa - Junior

After a historical sophomore season from Penei Sewell, Oregon’s most valuable player will lead a completely revamped offensive line before he likely enters the NFL in 2021. With potential to be a top five selection in next year’s draft, Sewell will build upon an already impressive resume in a potentially shortened season; if there’s a season at all. Either way, 2020 will be a cruise to the finish-line as Sewell prepares to position himself as a top prospect with top-end earnings.

2019

The accolades were nearly endless for Sewell as a sophomore. He is the first player in Oregon history to take home the Outlander Trophy, finishing as the top-graded offensive lineman in the country. Pro Football Focus graded Sewell as the nation’s top run-blocker at 95.3 and third in pass-blocking at 91.1. The unanimous first-team All-American took home multiple Pac-12 Honors. Among those, the Morris Trophy awarded to the top offensive, or defensive lineman in the Pac-12. Along with the AP Pac-12 co-offensive player of the year and PFF Pac-12 player of the year. Sewell helped lead one of the best offensive lines in the nation, helping the Ducks finish out the year 12-2 with a Rose Bowl victory and Pac-12 championship.

2018

Not many freshman have the kind of ability to impact a team like Sewell did. Joining an offense with some talent, but little big-game experience, the offensive tackle even as a freshman gave quarterback Justin Herbert a sense of ease in the pocket. allowing just one sack and playing without a penalty in 450 snaps. Sewell became the first offensive lineman in Oregon’s history to earn all-conference honors as a true freshman. He also became the first Oregon true-freshman to start a season-opener since 1997. Though the season ended with a somewhat unsatisfying bowl win over Michigan State, Oregon reached 9-4 and the 19-year-old finished on USA Today’s and 247 Sports true freshman All-American team.

Recruitment

Choosing Oregon wasn’t an easy decision for the consensus four-star and No. 1 recruit out of the state of Utah. With an older brother playing at Nevada and another brother playing at home at Utah, Sewell made the difficult decision to branch out to Oregon. Top schools in the nation such as Alabama, Notre Dame, Michigan and Oklahoma came knocking, his heart was in Eugene. Landing in Oregon Sewell wasn’t just a big recruit, he was massive! As a true freshman the offensive tackle came in at 6’6” 345 lbs. His monstrous size and exceptional skills as a run and pass blocker quickly earned Sewell high praise as one of the top recruits in the nation. Tabbed as the No. 53 overall recruit by 247 Sports, Sewell played in the 2018 U.S. Army All-American bowl and earned All-State honors as a senior.