There was a lot of hype in late 2019 when five-star recruit Noah Sewell, brother of star offensive lineman Penei Sewell, committed to the University of Oregon.
One year later on November 7, 2020, the true freshman linebacker took the field for the first time in an Oregon uniform and he did not disappoint.
Sewell exploded on the scene and though he registered just four tackles that night, his impact was felt throughout.
The youngster didn't stop there. Every game he played in his impact was felt.
Sewell was so good throughout the season that on Tuesday afternoon, the Pac-12 announced that he had been named the Pac-12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year.
Sewell now becomes the second Oregon player in as many seasons to win the award, following in the footsteps of Kayvon Thibodeaux who won the award last season.
In six games this season, Sewell totaled 38 tackles with 5.0 for loss, leading all Pac-12 freshmen in both categories. He also recorded 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble.
His best game came in the rivalry game against Oregon State where he recorded 10 tackles, two for loss, becoming just the second Oregon freshman since 2000 to have double-digit tackles and multiple tackles for loss in the same game.
The other player to do so was Troy Dye.
If Sewell continues to play like Dye (who is now in the NFL) and Thibodeaux (who was just named First Team All-Pac-12) then my guess is Ducks fans will be quite satisfied.
This is only the beginning when it comes to the hardware that Sewell will eventually have on the shelf when his career at Oregon is over.