The hype train around Oregon State linebacker continued to roll on, as on Tuesday, Oregon State linebacker Hamilcar Rashed Jr. was named to the Phil Steele Magazine 2020 Preseason All-America First-Team.
To sum up the rest of Rashed Jr.’s off-season publicity, he was named to both the 2020 Lott IMPACT Trophy Award Watch List, the 2020 Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List and selected as a preseason Walter Camp First-Team All-American. Rashed Jr. was also named as a started on our All-Decade Defensive Team, currently ranks as both a top five linebacker prospect for the 2021 NFL Draft and overall is considered a top sixty prospect.
According to a release from the school’s athletic department on OSUBeavers.com, the fearsome 6’ 4” linebacker was also named to the Phil Steele Magazine 2020 Preseason All-Pac-12 First Team on Monday. Running back Jermar Jefferson joined him in the accolades there as a second-team selection, while offensive lineman Brandon Kipper and fellow linebacker Avery Roberts scooped up third-team honors. The fourth team was represented by wide receiver Trevon Bradford, kick returner Champ Flemings and linebacker Omar Speights.
As noted in our previous pieces about Rashed Jr., during his time in Corvallis, the 6’ 4”, 240-pound linebacker has started 21 games, tallying 120 tackles, 34 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks, 6 pass deflections and 3 forced fumbles. In 2019 alone, Rashed Jr. led the country with 22.5 tackles for loss and was top three nationally in sacks, with 14 key wrap-ups.