After choosing to return to school, former Oklahoma running back Trey Sermon is set to see his 2021 NFL Draft stock rise after his transfer to Ohio State
After suffering a season-ending injury and being supplanted by Kennedy Brooks in the Oklahoma Sooners’ backfield, running back Trey Sermon announced he would be transferring less than a month ago. Sermon has apparently found a home in Columbus, Ohio as he is set to take his talents to The Ohio State University; this move should greatly impact his 2021 NFL Draft stock.
Coming off of a 2018 campaign where Sermon tallied nearly 1,000 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns on the ground for the Sooners, it looked like the 6-0 and 215 pound running back was set for a big 2019 season. However, he managed to log just 54 carries in ten games in Norman, Oklahoma, as Brooks stole the show for the Sooners.
Despite his lack of carries this past season, Sermon still averaged over seven yards per attempt, finding his way to the endzone five times on the season. The skillset that Sermon brings to the table as both a runner and as a receiver out of the backfield looks to mesh well with Ryan Day’s offensive philosophy on paper.
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Sermon has also caught a total of 36 passes over his career with the Sooners, but on those limited opportunities, he displays Charmin soft hands as a receiver. Given the nature of the Buckeyes to run a spread, read-option, read-pass-option style of offense, inserting Sermon into their offense should be a seamless transition for both parties.
This news comes at a great time for the Buckeyes as projected starting running back Master Teague is set to potentially miss significant time after an injury this offseason. Losing J.K. Dobbins to the 2020 NFL Draft clears a wide gap in the Ohio State backfield, and one that Sermon can step right into.
Not only should this move help the Buckeyes’ offense, at least on paper, but Sermon’s draft stock could also see a boost as he finally looks to get the opportunity to take on a full workload again. Keep an eye on this 2021 NFL Draft prospect as Trey Sermon looks to trade out his Sooners uniform for the scarlet and grey this upcoming season.