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In their preseason preview, our friends over at Collegefootballnews.com ranked the top 10 linebacker groups in the country. According to the site, the Oregon Ducks linebackers are among of the best in the nation.
Oregon ranks No. 2. Only Alabama’s group is better than what the Ducks will put on the field in 2022. Led by Noah Sewell, who is a favorite to win Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, and Justin Flowe, one of the highest recruits to ever commit to the program, the Ducks should be an opposing quarterback’s nightmare.
According to CFN, that success depends on whether Oregon can keep everyone on the field.
Is everyone healthy? Justin Flowe has as much talent as any linebacker in college football, but he hasn’t had any semblance of a break with injuries. He’s ready to go on the outside, and leading tackler Noah Sewell can do it all in the middle. Throw in pro prospect Mase Funa along with rising star Bradyn Swinson, and the Ducks are loaded.
Here’s the entire top 10 with some of each team’s linebackers who are scheduled to lead their respective programs.
Alabama Crimson Tide
Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Henry To’o To’o
Andy Nelson via Imagn Content Services, LLC
North Carolina State Wolfpack
Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Cam Bright (transfer from Pittsburgh)
Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Scott Utterback/Courier Journal; via Imagn Content Services, LLC
Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
California Golden Bears
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Jackson Sirmon (transfer from Washington)