Report: Oregon State Star RB Jermar Jefferson Ruled Out Against Utah

Dec 5, 2020, 4:25 PM
Running back Jermar Jefferson #5 runs with the ball during the second half of the game against the ...
Running back Jermar Jefferson #5 runs with the ball during the second half of the game against the Oregon Ducks at Reser Stadium on November 27, 2020 in Corvallis, Oregon. Oregon State won 41-38. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
(Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – According to reports, Oregon State will face Utah on Saturday without their star running back Jermar Jefferson.

The junior running back is coming off of a career performance with 226 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns in the Beavers’ 41-38 win over then-No. 15 Oregon last Friday.

Angie Machado, who is the owner and publisher for BeaverBlitz.com first reported the news that Jefferson will not play. According to Machado, Jefferson is out due to COVID-19 protocol. Linebacker John McCartan is also out, according to Machado.

Through four games this season, Jefferson has racked up 675 rushing yards on 91 carries for 7 touchdowns. He has averaged 7.4 yards per carry this season. Jefferson is the Pac-12’s leading rusher. UCLA’s RB Demetric Felton is second in the conference with 537 yards.

Redshirt junior B.J. Baylor will start at running back if the report is true and Jefferson doesn’t play on Saturday. Baylor has 16 carries for 53 yards and one touchdown.

Oregon State enters the game banged up with quarterback Tristan Gebbia ruled out after suffering an injury late in their game against Oregon last week. Chance Nolan will make his first Division I start against the Utes.

Utah and Oregon State will kickoff on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASportsYou can download and listen to the podcast, here.

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