Linebacker Malik Jefferson and offensive linemen Patrick Vahe and Connor Williams were tabbed to ESPN’s true freshman All-America team on Thursday. The three Longhorn newbies account for the most freshmen from one school, tied with Alabama.
ESPN notes with the three inclusions: “And maybe the outlook in Austin isn’t as bleak as some might lead you to believe if the Longhorns will hang in there with Charlie Strong.”
ESPN on Williams: “He wasn’t a highly rated recruit but enrolled early and played beyond his years.”
ESPN on Jefferson: “The 6-3, 232-pound Jefferson lived up to his billing as one of the top prospects in the country.”
ESPN on Vahe: “Vahe was a key get for the Longhorns on the recruiting trail, and it didn’t take him long to find his way into the starting lineup.”
Last week Jefferson was named the Big 12’s top defensive freshman. Vahe started his first 10 games for the Longhorns before missing time with an injury. Williams started every game for Texas in his first season.
Jefferson tweeted congratulations to Vahe and Williams Thursday:
— Malik Jefferson (@malikjefferson) December 17, 2015
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