Sewell lets his play do the talking

on the football field, Noah Sewell It makes its presence felt — emphatically.The Oregon midfielder attacks wildly. Deals with ball carriers explosively. He leads UO’s defense from the middle of the field with a commanding presence.

Through his play, Sewell forced the nation to pay attention. After leading the Ducks with 114 tackles last season, he was on the pre-season watch lists for the Nagurski Trophy and Bednarik Award, both of which are awarded to the best defensive player in college football. Sewell’s name appears regularly on all-American pre-season rosters.

“On and off the field, Noah, brings it on,” fellow UO linebacker Justin Floy He said.

When it comes to listening to Sewell, banging the shoulder pads on the field is usually enough. Few other players on the Oregon roster hate attention like Sewell, at least when it comes to being in the media.

The annual media day of the pre-season football program took place Wednesday, and the journalists on Sewell immediately flocked as he took the podium for his 15-minute session. These journalists know that if you don’t get it then, you may not have another chance for long.

“I like to lead my actions,” Sewell said. “I want you guys to come watch the games, how I roll on the field. I’d rather let my actions speak my words.”

Sewell’s approach to publicity calls to mind another notable UO star in the recent past, quarterback Justin Herbert. Like Herbert, Sewell is respectful and attentive when dealing with reporters. Also like Herbert, Sewell feels more comfortable with his teammates behind the scenes – on the training ground, in meetings, and in the weightlifting room.

Sewell’s older brother, former UO offensive lineman Penny Sewell, may also be conservative when it comes to addressing the media, but not quite as much. In practice, Benny Sewell was among the most vocal ducks on the field, cheering for his teammates and tweeting at defensive players.

Noah Sewell He’s advanced as a vocal presence in training since arriving in Oregon in 2020. But he’s not as hard to miss as his brother.

“I like to drive through the shadows,” he said. “I don’t like the spotlight. I prefer the spotlight on my comrades.”

Like it or not, the spotlight has managed to find Sewell. He’s in no fewer than five notable teams in all of America’s pre-season as the 2022 season approaches. One of them has been published by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, which also includes Sewell on their Player of the Year watch list.


Already, Sewell has made a name for himself as one of the best midfielders in the country. And now he will play in the new UO defense under the direction of the coach Dan Lanningwho was the coordinator in Georgia when the Bulldogs won the College Football National Championship last season.

In this off-season, Sewell watched a film about defending Georgia. He saw how effective the linebacker deployment was in Lanning’s system.

“I’m excited, because we’re going to be doing so many plays,” Sewell said. “Everyone can do a lot of plays.”

Like any good competitor, Sewell hopes to make more plays this coming season. Sewell said he has worked to improve “every aspect of my game” this off-season. But one above all else.

Cover me up,” Sewell said. “I feel like I’ve done a good job. But I need to core my hip, and be more flexible in my drops. Get more rest in space.”

As for opposing crimes, the prospect of Sewell being able to cover more field is a frightening proposition.

Sewell’s next step is to advance pre-cause practices. And that starts on Friday.

“We have a lot to show,” Sewell said. “A new group of guys came along, the guys and the technical staff. I can’t wait.”

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