After missing last week’s contest at the Utah Utes due to contact tracing issues, Oregon State star running back Jermar Jefferson has been cleared to play this Saturday.
The Beavers (2-3) will kickoff against the Stanford Cardinal (2-2) at 7:30 p.m. (PT) at Reser Stadium.
This game was originally supposed to be played down in the Bay Area, but due to the rise of COVID cases, the game has been moved to Corvallis, Oregon.
Jefferson’s return is a welcomed sight despite third string running back Calvin Tyler Jr. having an impressive game against the Utes last Saturday. The redshirt-junior back recorded 12 carries for 29 yards and two touchdowns.
But the Pac-12’s second-leading rusher, Jefferson, has been on a tear this season and is instrumental to the success of the Beavers offense.
Just look at these numbers the junior has put up this season:
- Week 1 vs. Washington State: 21 carries, 120 yards, three touchdowns.
- Week 2 vs. Washington: 23 carries, 133 yards, one touchdown.
- Week 3 vs. California: 18 carries, 196 yards, one touchdown.
- Week 4 vs. Oregon: 29 carries, 226 yards and two touchdowns.
With quarterback Tristan Gebbia likely out for the remainder of the season, having an experienced back in the backfield behind backup QB Chance Nolan is certainly something Beaver Nation loves to see.
The Cardinal defense is currently 10th in the Pac-12 Conference allowing 201.0 rushing yards per game and 29.8 points per game to opponents.