Oregon State running back Jermar Jefferson has been named a Freshman All-American by the publication The Athletic.
Jefferson set a program rushing record for a true freshman, piling up 1,380 yards. He already was named the Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year on Tuesday, and received honorable mention recognition on the conference’s All-Pac-12 team.
The 18-year-old from Harbor City, Calif. was also the second player in program history to have a pair of 200-yard rushing games, doing so against Southern Utah (238) and again vs Arizona State (254).
From the OSU Athletics Press Release —
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State running back Jermar Jefferson has been named a First-Team Freshman All-American by The Athletic, it was announced on Thursday.
The honor comes just two days after the Harbor City, Calif., native was named the Pac-12 Conference’s Freshman Offensive Player of the Year.
Jefferson broke the Oregon State single-season rushing record by a true freshman in 2018 – a mark previously held by Jacquizz Rodgers – with 1,380 yards. That ranks sixth all-time in a single-season at Oregon State. The 1,380 yards also ranks eighth nationally this season and he is on track to end the season as the leader among freshmen.
The sociology major became the second player at Oregon State with two 200-yard games in the same season – he hit 254 at Arizona State and 238 versus Southern Utah in the second game of his career. Jefferson joined Steven Jackson (2002) in that category.
Jefferson is the sixth Oregon State true freshman to be named a Freshman All-American. He joins Rodgers (2008), Michael Phillip (2009), Dylan Wynn (2011), Isaac Seumalo (2012) and Gus Lavaka (2016).