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Jer’Zhan Newton named Preseason First-Team All-American

The Law Firm is poised for a big year.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: JAN 02 ReliaQuest Bowl Photo by Chris Leduc/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

That’s a helluva honor.

Illinois DL Jer’Zhan Newton on Friday was named to the 2023 Walter Camp Preseason All-America list’s First Team. Newton was on the Walter Camp All-American Second Team in 2022.

Newton decided to come back to the Illini despite appearing in mock NFL Drafts throughout the fall.

He played a key piece on Illinois’ top-ranked scoring defense, leading the Illini in tackles for loss (14), sacks (5.5) and QB hurries.

Expect a big year from Newton — and it’s only going to help his draft stock in 2024.