Apr 20, 2019; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks offensive lineman Penei Sewell (58) points the scoreboard after the Oregon spring game at Autzen Stadium. Mighty Oregon beat Fighting Ducks 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

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Oregon T Sewell opts out to prepare for 2021 draft

Oregon tackle Penei Sewell, the 2019 Outland Trophy winner and a likely first-round pick, is opting out to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft.

The 6-foot-6, 330-pound junior made the announcement Monday on social media.

“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.”

During his two seasons with the Ducks, Sewell allowed just one sack over 1,376 snaps across 21 games.

In 2019 he became the first Polynesian player, the first sophomore offensive lineman and the first in school history to win the Outland Trophy, presented annually to the nation’s best interior lineman — offense or defense. He was a consensus first-team All-American.

Oregon’s season is currently on hold, with the Pac-12 having postponed the fall sports calendar due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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