Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson watches from the sidelines after leaving the game with an injury against Texas Tech during the first half at Royal Memorial Stadium on Thursday, November 26, 2015. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Gov. Greg Abbott salutes Texas LB Malik Jefferson

Posted July 1st, 2016


The state’s top Longhorn fan sure seems excited about the upcoming season.

Gov. Greg Abbott congratulated UT linebacker Malik Jefferson about being named a first-team preseason All-American on Friday, to which the standout sophomore responded, “Thank you sir!”

Abbott and Jefferson embraced at last season’s Texas-Oklahoma game in Dallas. Abbott, a Texas ex, attended some UT men’s basketball games last season, too.


Jefferson had 61 tackles and 2.5 sacks last season for the Longhorns. He was named the Big 12’s defensive freshman of the year.

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