Jermar Jefferson Drafted By Detroit In Seventh Round
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Oregon State running back Jermar Jefferson has been selected in the seventh round of the 2021 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions on Saturday.
Jefferson is the second Beaver selected in this year's NFL Draft, following Nahshon Wright in the third round by Dallas. He is the 13th Oregon State player to be selected by Detroit all-time, and the first since Bill Swancutt in 2005.
Jefferson, a Harbor City, Calif., native, played in 27 games over three seasons for the Beavers, totaling 2,923 rushing yards and 27 rushing touchdowns. His 2,923 rushing yards rank fifth all-time at Oregon State. His 27 rushing scores also rank fifth in Beaver history.
The running back accumulated 15 100-yard efforts during his OSU career, 254 yards at Arizona State in 2018, the second-best single-game effort in school history. Earlier, he ran for 238 yards versus Southern Utah, which now ranks fourth.
Jefferson was named a Freshman All-American in 2018 after setting the Oregon State freshman record with 1,380 rushing yards. He was also selected as the Pac-12's Freshman Offensive Player of the Year.
Jefferson ended his OSU career with 858 rushing yards as a junior in 2020, earning him All-America honors by Phil Steele. A Doak Walker Award semifinalist, he was also named the Co-Offensive Player of the Year in the Pac-12 by the Associated Press.
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