Tuesday, 04 December 2018 16:14

Ramon Jefferson stepping into starting role with great success

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ORONO - As the Black Bears continue their preparations for Weber State this Friday, they know their offensive success is going to be built on the run game.

Lately this season their run game has been built on Ramon Jefferson.

"I saw the kid squatting like 500 pounds and I knew right then this kid's gonna be a dog," said offensive lineman Liam Dobson.

The life blood of the Maine offense is the run game.

"We love to pound the rock..It's what we do," said Dobson.

Chris Ferguson can't throw the ball deep to the guys from "top flight" every play so it's key to have explosive running backs.

With Joe Fitzpatrick battling injuries all year, Jefferson was the guy to step up.

"Ramon might have a little bit more of a burst in the open field, but I'm glad I have both guys on my team," said Dobson.

The redshirt freshman leads the team in rushing and is thriving after a tough redshirt year.

"He understood the basics it was the more in-depth stuff he was having trouble with," said running backs coach Justin Flores.

"I was very homesick the first year..it was hard for me to adjust, I will say that, coming out here..," said Jefferson.

Coming from the Bronx, Orono can sometimes feel like a different planet.

"It's Maine up here..a Jeep with no doors is typical..he said 'coach is that safe? I've never seen such a thing like that before' it's okay..things like that happen," said Flores.

Regardless of where he's playing, Jefferson has knack for making people miss.

"They see him, he's a little bit shorter..they think he might a little bit slower because of his stride length but he runs away from people all year this year," said Flores.

He'll tell you his success is only because of his offensive line.

"Without the offensive line..you may have a good two or three yards if you make two people miss, but with the offensive line as you saw Saturday I didn't get touched until ten or fifteen yards," said Jefferson.

Jefferson and the Black Bears are hoping for another standout performance this Friday in Utah.

John Wagoner

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John Wagoner joined the ABC 7 and FOX 22 sports team in September 2018.

He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he gained experience in multiple newsrooms across the Carolinas, as well as working with ESPN U and...

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