CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State running back Ryan Nall announced Tuesday he has declared for the NFL Draft.
Nall, from Sandy, Ore., concludes his Oregon State career eighth in program history with 2,216 rushing yards and is tied for first with 5.8 yards per carry. He ranks seventh with 24 rushing touchdowns and tied for seventh with nine 100-yard games. He is the only player in school history with three carries of 75 or more yards.
Nall was named the Pac-12 Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week to conclude 2016 after rushing for 155 yards and four touchdowns in the Beavers’ win over Oregon.
He was a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic selection, earning second team honors in 2017 while also being named CoSIDA Academic All-District 8.
Nall is the seventh player in OSU history to declare for the draft early, joining Steven Jackson (2004), Brandon Browner (2005), Jacquizz Rodgers (2010), Brandin Cooks (2014), Scott Crichton (2014) and Isaac Seumalo (2016).
Underclassmen have until Jan. 15 to declare for the NFL Draft.
Statement from Ryan Nall
After taking the necessary time to review my options regarding my future in football, I have decided to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft. It is with the love and support of my family, friends, and girlfriend that I am able to make this difficult, yet important decision.
When I was recruited four years ago, I was fortunate in knowing that I was going to be in the best hands both academically and athletically. My time at Oregon State has been a blessing - both on and off the field - as the memories that I have shared with my teammates, coaches, and Beaver Nation will be with me forever.
I want to thank Coach (Mike) Riley for giving me the initial opportunity to play for such a great program, as well as in front of an incredible community. I also want to thank Coach (Gary) Andersen, Coach (Cory) Hall, and Coach (Telly) Lockette for believing in me and giving me the tools to succeed in my football career.
As I look forward with regard to Oregon State football, I’m very impressed with Coach (Jonathan) Smith and his vision for the program. I leave OSU knowing the program is in great hands with an incredible future.
Lastly, I’d like to give a special thanks to Beaver Nation for always being there and never giving up on me and the team. You are the reason why we continue to fight every single game. Regardless of what my future holds, I will always bleed Orange and Black. Go Beavs!
- Ryan “The Wrecking” Nall #34
Statement from Head Coach Jonathan Smith
“I have known Ryan since he was a high school standout in this state and it has been impressive watching him develop into an outstanding young man with a tremendous future. Beaver Nation should be proud of what he accomplished at Oregon State and I’m confident he will be a tremendous representative of this university.”
Courtesy: OSU Athletics
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