Oregon State linebacker Hamilcar Rashed Jr. won’t get to suit up for the Beavers this season, but the program’s star talent was still given the highest accolade that he could possibly receive for the year, as he was named as an AP All-American 1st Team selection on Tuesday.
Listed alongside Penn State stand-out Micah Parsons and Alabama play-maker Dylan Moses, Rashed Jr. at the linebacker spot, Rashed Jr. was one of three Pac-12 talents named to the first-team, along with the Oregon duo of offensive tackle Penei Sewell and defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux.
A recently projected second-round pick in a seven-round mock draft produced by Pro Football Network, the 6’ 4”, 240-pounder’s inclusion to the AP’s list of top players in the country is the icing on the cake for an off-season that’s seen Rashed Jr. snag just about every accolade possible, including being named to the watch list for the Reese’s Senior Bowl, the Butkus Award, the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Lott IMPACT Trophy Award.
He was also selected to Phil Steele Magazine’s 2020 Preseason All-American First-Team and named a preseason Walter Camp First-Team All-American earlier this summer as well.
Coming off a strong 2019 campaign where he tallied 22.5 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, 62 total tackles and 2 forced fumbles, Rashed Jr.’s biggest question now is will he return to Corvallis in 2021 for his senior campaign or flee to the NFL to start his professional career?