Oregon State RB Ryan Nall will enter the NFL draft
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State running back Ryan Nall has decided to declare for the NFL draft with a year of eligibility remaining.
Nall rushed for 2,216 yards during his career, ranked eighth on the Beavers' career list. He ran for 24 touchdowns (seventh) and had nine 100-yard rushing games (seventh). He also had 56 catches for 563 yards and four touchdowns.
"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," he said in a statement released Tuesday. "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."
A native of Sandy, Oregon, Nall was a standout at Portland's Central Catholic High School and was recruited to Oregon State by then-coach Mike Riley.
Nall, who was on track to graduate after the winter term, ran for 810 yards and eight touchdowns this season. He also caught 27 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns.
But the year was disappointing for the Beavers, who finished 1-11 and winless in the Pac-12 conference. Coach Gary Andersen resigned midway through and was replaced in the interim with cornerbacks coach Cory Hall. Former Oregon State quarterback Jonathan Smith was named the team's new head coach in late November.
"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," Smith said.
Nall is the seventh player from Oregon State to declare for the draft with eligibility remaining, including Steven Jackson (2004), Brandon Browner (2005), Jacquizz Rodgers (2010), Brandin Cooks (2014), Scott Crichton (2014) and Isaac Seumalo (2016).