Utah linebacker Nephi Sewell, right, gets in some work during spring drills at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Sewell, the brother of former Oregon great and future NFL first-rounder Penei Sewell, began his career as a safety before making the switch to linebacker. | University of Utah Athletics

At linebacker, Utah boasts veteran stars like juniors Devin Lloyd and Nephi Sewell as well as highly touted freshmen like Trey Reynolds and Mason Tufaga

Entering his third season as Utah’s linebackers coach, Colton Swan manages one of the strengths of the Ute defense.

At linebacker, Utah boasts veteran stars like juniors Devin Lloyd and Nephi Sewell, as well as highly touted freshmen like Trey Reynolds and Mason Tufaga. Another promising freshman linebacker, Cole Bishop, has been moved to safety.

Sewell, whose brother, Penei, was an offensive lineman at Oregon and is expected to be a top-10 pick in the NFL draft later this month, enjoyed a breakout season last year after switching from safety to linebacker.

“He’s not the biggest man in stature but he does pack a powerful punch. He is physical. Probably his best attribute is just how he can find ways to get to the football. He has an unbelievable knack for the football.” — Colton Swan on Nephi Sewell

“He’s a phenomenal individual. He has an uncanny ability to get to the football. It’s something like I’ve never seen,” Swan said of Nephi Sewell. “He really, really understands offense; he really, really understands defense. He puts himself in great positions to make plays. He’s very productive. He’s not the biggest man in stature but he does pack a powerful punch. He is physical. Probably his best attribute is just how he can find ways to get to the football. He has …read more

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