The Beavers are back preparing for California on Saturday. The Bears are seven point favorites at Reser. Jonathan Smith held his weekly briefing and didn't say a lot about Cal except how much he respects Justin Wilcox and the staff in Berkeley. The Bears were embarrased by UCLA last weekend and are struggling offensively. The Beavers aren't there yet but some observers this week is a great opportunity for Oregon State to get a big homecoming victory in the Pac-12. The coach talks about the benefits of the bye week coming at exactly the halfway point. He was asked about the workhorse of the offense so far this season, Jermar Jefferson who was added to the Doak Walker list this week as one of the top running backs in the nation.
Here is part of the official news release:
The prestigious Doak Walker Award was created in 1989 to recognize the nation's premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community.
Jefferson ranks third in the nation and first in the Pac-12 Conference with 865 rushing yards this year and is fourth nationally averaging 144.2 per game. A Harbor City, Calif., native, he also ranks third with 12 rushing touchdowns. He is on pace to be the first true freshman in conference history to lead the league in rushing.
Our pregame coverage of the Beavers and Bears begins at 10:am Saturday Morning with kickoff set for a little after 1:pm
Jefferson, a true freshman, has surpassed 200 yards rushing twice this season: 254 versus Arizona State and 238 against Southern Utah. The 254 yards ranks second in a single-game at OSU, while the output against Southern Utah is fourth. He joins Ken Simonton and Steven Jackson as the only Oregon State players with two or more 200-yard games in their career.
Jefferson also joined Simonton as one of two players in school history with two four-touchdown games, doing so against Southern Utah and Washington State. He is the only player to do it twice in one season.
Sixty-six players are on the Doak Walker candidate list; Jefferson is one of just two freshmen.