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Oregon State Running Back Jermar Jefferson Named Doak Walker Award Candidate

Jefferson is officially considered amongst the nation’s elite running backs.

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Last season as a freshman, Oregon State running back Jermar Jefferson took the Pac-12 by storm.

As the dawn of his sophomore campaign draws ever nearer, he’s now receiving some national acclaim as well.

Jefferson was named as one of the preseason candidates for the 2019 Doak Walker Award, an accolade presented annually by the PWC SMU Athletic Forum to the top running back in all of college football. On the list of stand-outs, he’s joined by 2018 winner Jonathan Taylor from Wisconsin, as well as Florida State’s Cam Akers, Arizona State’s Eno Benjamin, Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins, Clemson’s Travis Etienne and Alabama’s Najee Harris.

The full list of preseason candidates can be found here.

In November, the the PWC SMU Athletic Forum’s Board of Directors will trim the list to ten semifinalists and then three finalists, who will be voted on by Doak Walked Award National Selection Committee. In early December, an official winner of the award will be named and the recipeient of the award will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards, which will air Thursday, December 12 on ESPN.

The Doak Walker Award is named after legendary SMU tailback Doak Walker, who was a three-time All-American selection during his time with the Mustangs.

In his debut for the Beavers in 2018, Jefferson tallied 1,380 yards (8th nationally) on 239 carries and scored 12 TD’s on the ground. He also caught 25 passes for 147 yards.