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Oregon sophomore left tackle honored as best interior lineman in college football

PENEI SEWELLOregon left tackle Penei Sewell won the Outland Trophy as the best interior lineman in college football.

The award was announced Thursday during the College Football Awards at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

A true sophomore, Sewell is the first Oregon player to win the Outland Trophy. He is the second Duck to be a finalist for the award. Defensive lineman Haloti Ngata was a finalist in 2005.

A native of Malaeimi, American Samoa, Sewell is the third Pac-12 player in the last 20 years to win the Outland Trophy. He has been named a first-team All-American by multiple outlets and the Pac-12 Player of the Year by Pro Football Focus.

Oregon is 16-3 in games the 6-6, 325-pound Sewell has started over the last two seasons. He is graded as the top offensive lineman in the country by Pro Football Focus.

• Sewell is the second Ducks player to be honored nationally this week. On Tuesday, senior quarterback Justin Herbert was named winner of the Campbell Trophy, also known as the academic Heisman, given annually to the bests scholar-athlete in college football.

Herbert's 4.01 GPA in general science with a biology focus was the highest among 12 finalists for the award, which was announced at the National Football Foundation annual awards event in New York.

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