Great Players About To Go Nuclear: 20 For 2020 Offseason Topics No. 11

Great Players About To Go Nuclear: 20 For 2020 Offseason Topics No. 11

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Great Players About To Go Nuclear: 20 For 2020 Offseason Topics No. 11

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4. LB Hamilcar Rashed, Sr. Oregon State

Utah’s fantastic defensive front was loaded with superstar pass rushers.

Oregon’s D line was outstanding, and it was a decent year as a whole for Pac-12 defensive lineman.

But it was a hybrid linebacker from Oregon State who turned into the conference’s best playmaker in the backfield.

Utah’s Bradlee Anae came up with 13 sacks – only one other player hit double digits.

Hamilcar Rashed led the Pac-12 with 14 sacks, lived behind the line with 22.5 tackles for loss – Anae was second with 14 – and pounded out 62 tackles from his spot on the outside. Unlike Anae – and others on the top of the statistical sheet – Rashed didn’t have a bowl game or Pac-12 Championship to add to the numbers.

A solid recruit out of Phoenix, the 6-4, 238-pounder came on as a sophomore with a strong 58-tackle, 11.5 tackle for loss season, and then it all came together last year.

He generated at least a tackle for loss in each of the first ten games, crushed Cal and Arizona with three sacks, had five games with double-digit stats, and was all over the field in game after game.

He’ll be keyed on from the start, but the Beavers should have a stronger linebacking corps overall to make up for it.

NEXT: The best pass rusher you probably don’t know, Part 2

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