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Sooner running back Rhamondre Stevenson finds daylight during the Oklahoma’s 55-20 Cotton Bowl victory over Florida Wednesday night at AY&T Stadium.

NORMAN — The New England Patriots made sure Oklahoma running back Rhamondre Stevenson didn't wait long to hear his name on Day 3 of the NFL draft.

The Patriots used a fourth-round pick on Stevenson, who became the 120th overall pick in the draft on Saturday.

"Rhamondre had a short career here in a lot of ways, but he did really make the most of his time," OU coach Lincoln Riley said. "He broke so many tackles. I think that's probably the biggest thing that stands out for him — he's always had the ability to break tackles to get around guys, to run through guys.

"He has a very low center of gravity and just not much to tackle. He really improved his body, his conditioning level and his understanding of our offense, which allowed him to have a really strong back half of the season for us this past year."

Despite missing five games last season, Stevenson finished his final season at OU with 665 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. The year before, he rushed for 515 yards and six touchdowns as a secondary rushing option to Jalen Hurts and Kennedy Brooks.

Stevenson was lightly recruited out of high school and went the junior college route before signing with OU in 2019.

His selection to New England reunites him with Ronnie Perkins, whom the Patriots with the 96th overall pick during last night's third round.

Stevenson is the fourth OU running back selected in the NFL draft since 2017. Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine were both taken in the 2017 draft, while Rodney Anderson was picked in 2019.

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