1/5/09 Ralph Barrera/AMERICAN-STATESMAN; The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona--Texas v. Ohio State--during second half action. Texas' QB Colt McCoy celebrates with his team after staging a heroic comeback touchdown to Quan Cosby to defeat Ohio State in the closing seconds 24-21. McCoy was selected the Offensive MVP.

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Malik Jefferson could snap Texas award drought

Posted July 13th, 2016

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Texas standout sophomore linebacker Malik Jefferson is drawing some buzz this summer as he accumulates preseason accolades and is being placed on All-American watch lists.

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
UT linebacker Malik Jefferson picks up a Rice fumble and runs it back for a touchdown in the third quarter during the 2015 season. (Jay Janner/American-Statesman)

One award he’s being vetted for is the Butkus Award, a trophy named after one of the best linebackers, and best football-named people on Earth, Dick Butkus. If Jefferson wins the award, he’d be the first Longhorn to do so since Derrick Johnson was the nation’s top linebacker in 2004. He’s also being eyed for the Bednarik  Award. 

But it goes beyond that. He’d be just the second Longhorn player to win an individual award since 2009. Jackson Jeffcoat’s Hendricks Award in 2013 is the only award given to a Longhorn player in the 2010s.

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Of course Texas ended the “oughts” in style. In 2009 Colt McCoy won (stretch typing fingers): The Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year award, the AT&T/ABC Sports National Player of the Year award, The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, the Maxwell Award, the Manning Award, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, Sporting News College Athlete of the Year, NCAA Quarterback of the Year and Chic Harley Award winner. McCoy was also an All-American, All-Big 12 and Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year honoree.

Yeah. Colt McCoy, No. 12 retired at Texas, was pretty awesome that season. Can Malik have a “McCoy season?”

Well, he certainly isn’t the first Longhorn to receive award buzz months before the start of the season, so we shouldn’t call Dick Butkus just yet, but the award drought could be in jeopardy as Jefferson and three other sophomores were named to All-Big 12 preseason teams.  In fact, with the glut of young talent on the roster, the Longhorns could be in store for another accolade filled decade.

Here’s a list of all the Texas major award winners:

The Heisman Trophy 

Earl Campbell, 1977

1997 file....University of Texas coach Fred Akers, foreground, smiles along with Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell during interview Friday morning on the NBC
University of Texas coach Fred Akers, foreground, smiles along with Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell during interview Friday morning on the NBC “Today” show in 1977. (File photo)

Ricky Williams, 1998

Butkus Award

Derrick Johnson, 2004

The Dr. Pepper Doak Walker Award

Ricky Williams, 1997

Ricky Williams, 1998

Cedric Benson, 2004

Draddy/ Campbell Trophy

Dallas Griffin, 2007

Sam Acho, 2010

Hendricks Award

Brian Orakpo, 2008

Jackson Jeffcoat, 2013

Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

Colt McCoy, 2009

The Lombardi Award

Kenneth Sims, 1981

Tony Degrate, 1984

Brian Orakpo, 2008

Manning Award

Vince Young, 2005

Colt McCoy, 2009

RICKY WITH LINEMEN PHOTO BY JIM SIGMON/ UT Sports Information shot in Fall of 98
Ricky Williams won the 1998 Maxwell Award behind a stout offensive line. (University of Texas Athletics)

Maxwell Award

Tommy Nobis, 1965

Ricky Williams, 1998

Vince Young, 2005

Colt McCoy, 2009

Nagurski Trophy

Derrick Johnson, 2004

Brian Orakpo, 2008

Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award

Earl Campbell, 1977 (Not a typo, he was the first winner of this award)

Vince Young, 2005

Colt McCoy, 2009

The Outland Trophy

Scott Appleton, 1963

Tommy Nobis, 1965

Brad Shearer, 1977

Jim Thorpe Award

Michael Huff, 2005

Aaron Ross, 2006

The Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year

Ricky Williams, 1998

Colt McCoy, 2008

Colt McCoy. 2009

At&T/ABC Sports National Player of the Year

Cedric Benson, 2004

Vince Young, 2005

Colt McCoy, 2009

 

 

 

 

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