Underrated no more.
Oregon State’s Jermar Jefferson has just earned Co-Offensive Player of the Year honors, the Associated Press announced Tuesday. The 5’10, 217-pound running back will share the honors with Colorado’s Jarek Broussard.
The prestigious nod comes just days after Jefferson announced he would forgo his final seasons of eligibility and begin preparing for the 2021 draft.
“Through much discussion and guidance from loved ones, I have made the decisionto forgo my final year of eligibility and declare for the 2021 NFL draft,” Jefferson said in a post. “Although it will be difficult to leave Corvallis and my OSU family, this journey has been a lifetime in the making and I am excited to embark on this next chapter.”
Despite the Beavers finishing 2-5 in the shortened Pac-12 season and ending the year with a losing record for the seventh-consecutive season, Jefferson was a bright spot for Oregon State. He rushed for more than 100 yards in five games this season, including 226 yards on the ground in the Beavers’ thrilling win over Oregon in the 126-year rivalry game.
Jefferson, who was also named first-team All-Pac-12, rushed for a conference-leading 858 yards in just six games. He was set to pass the 1,000-mark threshold but missed a game due to COVID-19 contract tracing.
In three seasons at Oregon State, Jefferson has cemented himself as a Beavers legend and one of the nation’s elite college running backs. The 20-year-old rushed for 2,923 yards and 27 touchdowns. He also caught 43 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns.
After Jefferson said he doesn’t “feel I get the recognition I deserve. I just gotta put my head down and keep working hard... I've been underrated all my life, so I'm just used to it,” he is finally getting some well-deserved praise.