The goal for Trey Sermon was always to get to the NFL. After impressive stops at Oklahoma and Ohio State, that dream became a reality, hearing his name called in the third round of the draft and selected by the San Francisco 49ers.

Sermon recently spoke with NBC Sports about his transition from college to the NFL. There’s certainly a learning curve involved, but a lot of the running back’s habits during his days with the Sooners and Buckeyes might make life a little easier for the rookie.

“When I was making the transition to Ohio State, I was looking at a lot of outside zone,” Sermon said. “The 49ers were definitely one of the teams that I looked at. Just going through the progressions and the reads because I knew when I got to Ohio State we were going to run a lot of that.”

In his lone season with the Buckeyes, Sermon rushed for 870 yards and 4 touchdowns, adding 95 receiving yards, as well. He had the performance of a lifetime in Ohio State’s B1G Championship Game victory over Northwestern, totaling 331 yards and 2 touchdowns on 29 carries.

“It hasn’t been too difficult just making the transition,” Sermon said. “Some of the stuff is similar to what I did at Ohio State. I feel like my acclimation will be pretty smooth and it will be good.”

So Sermon is hitting the ground running in San Francisco. All that NFL tape he watched in college seems to be paying up already.