Running back Ramon Jefferson transfers to Kentucky

Senior from Sam Houston State ranked fifth in the FCS in rushing yards last season

Former FCS All-American and Sam Houston State running back Ramon Jefferson has signed to play football at the University of Kentucky, head coach Mark Stoops announced Tuesday.

He will be eligible immediately and will have one season of eligibility remaining as a graduate transfer.

Jefferson, a 5-foot-10, 215-pounder from the Bronx, New York, played two seasons at Sam Houston State in Huntsville, Texas, but has had a long and winding road leading to Kentucky.

He began his college career at Maine, coached by under former UK offensive coordinator Liam Coen, where he redshirted in 2017.

In 2018, he saw action in 12 games with seven starting assignments for the Black Bears, totaling 1,037 rushing yards on 182 carries with eight touchdowns, while averaging 86.4 yards per game and 5.7 yards per carry. He also notched six receptions for 50-yards and a touchdown.

He helped lead Maine to the semifinals of the FCS playoffs and was named the Thurlow Cooper Offensive Rookie of the Year.