At one point, sophomore linebacker Noah Sewell was known as the younger brother of All-American offensive lineman Penei Sewell. With Penei now in the NFL, Noah has been busy building his own identity as one of the top linebackers in the nation.
His true freshman year was during a turbulent time for college football, due to the COVID-19 pandemic last season. Yet through the crisis, Noah rose above all the true freshmen defenders in the nation. In addition to being one of two true freshmen to lead his team in tackles with 48, he led all freshmen in the Pac-12 conference with 2.0 sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss.
In Oregon's 31–24 victory over Fresno State, Noah was his usual ubiquitous self, as he accounted for five total tackles, a tackle for loss, a sack, and a forced fumble. He finished as the highest-graded run defender in the nation (93.0), according to Pro Football Focus.
As his game continues to evolve, he moves further away from his older brother's shadow. With a long season ahead of him, Noah's performance on the field could help the Ducks reach new heights this season, while his personal achievements continue to grow.