Last December, Mario Cristobal and the Oregon Ducks signed its best linebacker class in history headlined by five-stars Justin Flowe and Noah Sewell.
Now with the beginning of fall camp, it's time for Oregon Defensive Coordinator Andy Avalos to turn their massive potential into dominance on the gridiron.
Given the talent and demeanor of the linebackers, Avalos thinks they can get on the field sooner than later.
"They are extremely talented, number one, and we see their physical attributes. Their ability to move, their explosiveness, but the thing is they're tremendously driven," Avalos said following Saturday's practice.
"They are some of the most driven young men that we've ever been around. And their football IQs are going to allow, in combination with how driven they are, to pick these things up. To be on the field to play together."
Given how well-rounded Flowe and Sewell are as prospects, Avalos said the pair gives the Ducks a lot of flexibility on which packages to use.
"They are both three-phase linebackers: obviously they fit the run game, they both can blitz and they both can cover and that's what we're really excited about. It allows us to be multiple in a lot of different ways."
Mario Cristobal echoed Avalos' sentiment earlier this summer on the Talkin' Ducks Podcast when he said he was "looking forward to unleashing" Noah Sewell.
Avalos discussed the hardest thing for a true freshman is adjusting to a new stage of life. A problem he wants to help his players tackle head on.
"The hardest thing about playing as a true freshman is, number one, you're away from home. There's a lot of maturity that it takes and so just helping them grow off the field and get used to their new surroundings."
As for on how the freshmen have played on the field in camp, Avalos likes what he sees from not just Flowe and Sewell but many true freshmen who had to learn the system over zoom this summer.
"On the field wise, we're making serious progress. We're making serious progress with a lot of the freshmen and we've had a lot of time to zoom and the time during the summer that we've used. All that stuff is paying off because they are doing a tremendous job."