UT linebacker Malik Jefferson picks up a Rice fumble and runs it back for a touchdown in the third quarter at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Saturday September 12, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Malik Jefferson named Big 12’s top defensive freshman

Posted December 9th, 2015


Malik Jefferson arrived to Texas with big expectations, and after one season he’s got a big award.

On Wednesday, the Big 12 announced that Jefferson has been named the league’s defensive freshman of the year. In 11 games, Jefferson had 61 tackles, seven tackles for loss, a fumble recovery for a touchdown, and 2.5 sacks. He was injured and did not play against Baylor last Saturday. Jefferson also missed time late in the season with a stomach illness.

Jefferson is the sixth Longhorn to earn this award, joining Quandre Diggs (2011), Brian Orakpo (2005), Rodrique Wright (2002), Derrick Johnson (2001) and Cory Redding (1999).


Jefferson, of Mesquite Poteet, was the state’s top-ranked recruit last year. He enrolled early at Texas and won a starting job at inside linebacker.

Click it here to see everyone who made the all-conference first and second teams. Also picking up awards were: Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield (offensive player of the year), Dede Westbrook (offensive newcomer) and Bob Stoops (coach), Oklahoma State’s Emmanuel Ogbah (co-defensive player of the year), Baylor’s Andrew Billings (co-defensive player of the year, defensive lineman) and Spencer Drango (offensive lineman), Kansas State’s Morgan Burns (special teams), and Iowa State’s Mike Warren (offensive freshman of the year) and Demond Tucker (defensive newcomer).




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