Penei Sewell should be preparing for a blockbuster showdown with Ohio State. Instead, he'll be preparing for the NFL Draft, as the star offensive tackle has opted out of college football.
Thank You. pic.twitter.com/5j5agPK82r— Penei Sewell (@peneisewell58) September 7, 2020
Like Ohio State, Sewell's Ducks faced a postponed season with hopes to play in the spring, but whenever Oregon takes the field again, he will not be with them.
"There are no words to adequately express how blessed I feel for having played football for the past two seasons at the best school in the country, the University of Oregon," Sewell wrote. "The love and support I've received has been overwhelming, and I could not be more grateful. But ever since I was little, I have dreamt of playing professional football. Accordingly, after long thought, prayer and many conversations with my family, I have decided to opt out of the 2020-21 college football season and prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft."
A consensus projected top-five pick, Sewell is the highest-rated 2021 NFL Draft prospect to opt out of the college football season so far. He leaves Oregon after a dominant sophomore season that earned him unanimous All-American honors and both the Outland and Morris trophies.