Wolf Pack linebacker Gabe Sewell tested the transfer portal waters and intends on returning to Nevada.
Sewell posted a Twitter message Tuesday afternoon that seemed to indicate he was returning to the Wolf Pack.
"Every kid has the dream of playing on Saturdays in a Power Five conference," he wrote. "I gave up the dream of playing in the Pac-12 because I believe that the bigger picture is in Nevada for me."
Wolf Pack football coach Jay Norvell told Nevada Sports Net later Tuesday that Sewell does in fact intend on removing his name from the portal and will return to Reno for his senior season. Sewell, who is on pace to graduate in May and could have been a graduate transfer with immediate eligibility, has been working out with the Wolf Pack during winter conditioning.
Sewell's return is the second piece of good news for Nevada's linebacker corps this month after Lucas Weber, another starter, was granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA after he missed all but one game his sophomore season due to a torn ACL.
Sewell is a three-year starter at middle linebacker for Nevada. From 2016-18, he started 35 games and compiled 229 tackles, including 16 for loss. He also had 23.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and three pass breakups.
Last season was Sewell's best in silver and blue. He led the team with a career-high 92 tackles, including 7.5 for loss. He added three sacks, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. Sewell's decision to return leaves Nevada losing just two impact transfers this offseason: wide receiver McLane Mannix to Texas Tech and safety Nephi Sewell, Gabe's younger brother, to Utah.
Nevada, which went 8-5 last season, including a win in the Arizona Bowl, returns five defensive starters from last season, including Sewell, Weber, DT Hausia Sekona, DE Dominic Peterson and CB Daniel Brown. The Wolf Pack made massive gains defensively last season and hopes to maintain that level of performance in 2019.