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Buccaneers Sign Athletic Running Back, Former 13-TD Champion

Following rookie minicamp, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed a well-known running back. Ramon Jefferson, an undrafted rookie running back, is being signed by the Buccaneers, as reported by ESPN’s Jenna Laine on Monday, May 13. Liam Coen, the first-year offensive coordinator at the University of Kentucky, oversaw Jefferson’s play. During Jefferson’s final season, Coen served as the Kentucky Wildcats’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. In 2017, Jefferson also attended the University of Maine for his freshman year, where Coen served as the offensive coordinator. On Monday, May 13, Laine wrote, “The Bucs signed defensive back Andrew Hayes and running back Ramon Jefferson after tryouts at rookie camp this past weekend.” The Bucs cut offensive lineman and defensive back Quandre Mosely to create space.

Ramon Jefferson was chosen as an FCS All-American. The 210-pound, 5-foot-10 running back only played at a Power Five institution for one whole season. Jefferson sustained a knee injury in the first game of the 2022 season after transferring to Kentucky. In what was officially his seventh collegiate season, Jefferson recorded 28 carries for 184 running yards in the 2023 campaign. Prior to moving to Sam Houston State in 2019, Jefferson spent the 2019 season at Garden City Community College, having spent his first two seasons of college at the University of Maine. Jefferson first gained recognition at Sam Houston State, when he ran for 1,155 yards and 13 touchdowns as a freshman to help the Bearkats win a national championship and earn a spot on the FCS second-team All-American roster.

Jefferson (5-10, 210) appeared in 43 career games and accumulated 511 carries for 3,138 yards (6.1 avg.) and 28 rushing touchdowns while attending the University of Maine (2018), Garden City Community College (2019), Sam Houston State University (2020–21), and the University of Kentucky (2022-23), according to Smith’s Monday, May 13 letter. “After setting career highs in running yards (1,155), yards per carry (6.7), and rushing touchdowns (13) over 173 runs for a Bearkats squad that won the 2021 FCS Championship, he was named to the FCS second-team All-American in 2021.

Ramon Jefferson Shows Athleticism at Kentucky Pro Day While Jefferson was certainly an accomplished and experienced runner in college, he also demonstrated his athleticism at Kentucky’s Pro Day. Although he wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine, he posted numbers that would have ranked among the very best at his position. As Nick Roush of On 3 notes, Jefferson posted a 10-foot, 7-inch broad jump — that figure would have ranked third among all running backs at the Combine.

Ramon Jefferson, the running back, also had a strong game, according to Roush. “Among all running backs at the NFL Combine, his 39.5-inch vertical and 10-foot, 7-inch broad jump would have placed him in the top three. NFL scouts were drawn to him after he recorded a time of 4.5 in the 40-yard dash and 18 repetitions on the bench press.

With seven running backs, the Buccaneers will start organized team exercises on May 21. In addition to Jefferson, Tampa Bay will have two more rookie running backs: D.J. Williams, an undrafted free agent, and Bucky Irving, a fourth-round selection. Experienced players like Chase Edmonds, Sean Tucker, and Patrick Laird complete the running back room, with Rachaad White projected as the starter.

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