FCS All-American RB Ramon Jefferson transferring to CU Buffs – The Denver Post
After losing their top running back to the transfer portal in mid-January, the Colorado Buffaloes are replacing him with one of the top backs from the Football Championship Subdivision.
On Monday, former Sam Houston star Ramon Jefferson announced that he is coming to CU as a graduate transfer. The 5-foot-9, 215-pounder will be a sixth-year senior and has one season to play. He will join the Buffs in the summer.
This past season, Jefferson rushed for 1,155 yards and 13 touchdowns, averaging 6.7 yards per carry. He was named a third-team All-American by the Associated Press after helping the Bearkats reach the FCS semifinals. Sam Houston was 11-0 before a loss to Montana State in the semifinals, snapping a 21-game winning streak.
FCS did not play in the fall of 2020 because of COVID-19, but last spring, Jefferson helped the Bearkats go 10-0 and win the national title. During that season, he rushed for 752 yards and seven touchdowns, while averaging 6.0 yards per carry.
CU’s leading rusher from the past two seasons, Jarek Broussard, put his name in the NCAA transfer portal on Jan. 13 and on Sunday announced his commitment to Michigan State. The Buffs have also lost backups Ashaad Clayton and Joe Davis to the transfer portal this offseason.
Jefferson will join a backfield that includes CU’s 2019 leading rusher, Alex Fontenot, and Deion Smith, who had a solid season in 2021. The Buffs also have sophomore Jayle Stacks and incoming freshman Victor Venn on scholarship in the fall.
During his collegiate career, Jefferson has played for three schools and racked up 3,938 yards and 41 touchdowns on the ground, while averaging 6.2 yards per carry. His teams have a combined record of 39-8.
After redshirting at Maine in 2017, Jefferson helped the Black Bears to a Colonial Athletic Association title and a trip to the FCS semifinals in 2018. He rushed for 1,037 yards and eight touchdowns that season.
Early in 2019, he had some off-the-field trouble. He was suspended for spring workouts and eventually left Maine and transferred to Garden City (Kan.) Community College.
At Garden City in 2019, Jefferson rushed for 994 yards and 13 touchdowns in 11 games, earning second-team All-KJCCC honors before transferring to Sam Houston.
Jefferson grew up in Bronx, N.Y., and racked up 5,456 total yards and 52 touchdowns at Harry S. Truman High School.
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