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Oregon Football

Penei Sewell Opts out of 2020 season

September 7, 2020

Oregon star offensive tackle Penei Sewell has opted out of the 2020 Pac 12 football season. In a move that was highly anticpated, Sewell decided that it was in his best interest to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft.

He took to Twitter in an open letter to his loved ones, coaches and the Oregon fan base to detail his decision.

Sewell is without a doubt the most elite offensive lineman to come through Eugene in recent years, as he allowed just one sack in his two years at Oregon. As a sophomore took home the Outland Trophy, awarded to best interior lineman in the country.

In that same sophomore season, he fnished as Pro Football Focus’ top-graded offensive lineman in the nation and the best in its history with a grade of 95.8. Looking ahead to the NFL Draft, many draft experts have him coming off the board in the first five picks, calling him the best non-quarterback prospect in the class.

While it was a short two years of college football for Penei, he will serve as another shining example of Mario Cristobal’s ability to recruit and develop elite talent along the offensive line. The Sewell legacy will be continued in Eugene by his brother Noah, a freshman who will look to contribute early on Oregon’s star studded defense.


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