Oregon State lands six players on the Phil Steele All-Pac-12 team

Chris Burkhardt
·2 min read

Six Beavers named to Phil Steele All-Pac-12 team originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

The season ended long ago for the Oregon State Beavers, but the postseason honors are still rolling in. 

On Friday it was announced that six Beavers earned a spot on the Phil Steele All-Pac-12 team: Jermar Jefferson, Avery Roberts, Nathan Eldridge, Omar Speights, Joshua Gray, and Champ Flemings.

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The six players were led by Jermar Jefferson and Avery Roberts, who both earned first-team selections.

Jefferson, who was also named a Phil Steele Fourth-Team All-American, has now earned three all-conference selections this season. He was also voted all-conference by the Associated Press and the Pac-12 coaches. The Pac-12's Co-Offensive MVP rushed for 858 yards, the second-most in the conference. He only played six games, and his 143-yard average was the fourth-best in the nation. 

Roberts had an incredible season, leading the Pac-12 with 69 tackles. He was also named to the Coaches All-Pac-12 First Team. His best game of the season came at Utah when he recorded a career-high 21-tackles, the third-most in a single-game in OSU history.

Nathan Eldridge and Omar Speights each earned second-team honors.

Eldridge started all seven games for the Beavers, helping anchor an offensive line that allowed Jermar Jefferson to run all over the Pac-12.

Speights teamed with Roberts to form a nasty 1-2 linebacker combo. Speights totaled 63 tackles, hitting double-digits in three of the team's seven games.  Joshua Gray earned third-team honors and was also named All-Pac-12 Second-Team by the conference's coaches. Along with Eldridge, Gray paved the way for Oregon States impressive ground game. Rounding out the six Beavers to make Phil Steel's all-conference list is Champ Flemings, who was named Third-Team All-Special Teams. Flemings averaged 23.5 yards per return on 19 kick returns this season. Flemings' four returns for 125 yards against Washington earned him Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week in late November. 

Great job, Beavers!