Jack Follman’s Pac-12 Linebacker Unit Ranking for 2022

Oregon and Noah Sewell lead the way but there are other experienced groups loaded with talent

Posted on June 24, 2022

  By Jack Follman, SuperWest Sports

The Pac-12 has quietly had really good linebacker units in recent years and this year should be no different.

Oregon and Noah Sewell lead the way, and rightfully so, but there are a ton of other experienced groups loaded with talent.

There are also a lot of transfers who are going to boost groups.

Justin Flowe | Abbie Parr/Getty Images via NBC Sports

1. Oregon
Having Noah Sewell back is obviously the headline here.

The intrigue is if former five-star recruit, Justin Flowe, can be healthy because the sky is the limit with the Ducks unit if he is.

Edefuan Ulofoshio | 247Sports

2. Washington
The Huskies are an if because of injury too. Edefuan Ulofoshio might be the Conference’s best after Sewell, but he’s been struggling with injuries.

Pitt grad transfer Cam Bright is a nice fill-in and Carson Bruener looks like he could quickly turn into an All-Conference player.

Merlin Robertson | Sun Devil Athletics

3. Arizona State
An underrated group here, even after losing young talent Eric Gentry to USC. Merlin Robertson and Kyle Soelle are two of the best veterans in the conference.

Omar Speights | OSU Athletics

4. Oregon State
The Beavers have a strong unit even after losing stalwart Avery Roberts to graduation. Omar Speights has a ton of All-Conference reps and he’s surrounded by veteran talent.

Karene Reid | Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports

5. Utah
The Utes have a massive hole to fill with Devin Lloyd and Nephi Sewell off to the NFL. Florida grad transfer Mohamoud Diabate should help out, as should burgeoning star Karene Reid.

Eric Gentry | Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

6. USC
USC has a lot of rebuilding to do here, but Arizona State transfer Gentry is huge and Alabama grad transfer Shane Lee is a nice piece as well.

Levani Damuni | Young Kwak/Associated Press

7. Stanford
Levani Damuni has been an underrated stud for a couple of years now and they have some good talented depth around him. Not a bad unit.

Quinn Perry | Colorado Athletics

8. Colorado
Quinn Perry and West Virginia transfer, Josh Chandler-Semedo, are a nice combo for the Buffs.

Darius Muasau | Hawaii Athletics

Hawaii transfer Darius Muasau helps a group that needs to do some serious rebuilding. There’s also young talent that should step up as well.

Jackson Sirmon | Jackson Sirmon/Twitter

10. Cal
Washington transfer and major veteran Jackson Sirmon is a big addition here. Justin Wilcox always seems to get good linebacker play out of his group so they should do just fine in 2022.

Daiyan Henley | Tyler Tjomsland/The Spokesman Review

11. Washington State
Yet another rebuilding group that will be helped by a transfer—Daiyan Henley from Nevada. Otherwise, the Cougars have some holes to fill.

Anthony Solomon | BearDownWildcats

12. Arizona
The Wildcat group has the most to prove going into 2022.

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