Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson (46) looks to tackle Oklahoma's Joe Mixon (25) at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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Malik Jefferson named to 2017 Butkus award watch list

Posted July 17th, 2017

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For the second year in a row, Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson is on the Dick Butkus Award watch list.

The junior linebacker is already on the Chuck Bednarik and the Bronko Nagurski award watch lists.

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Jefferson, the standout linebacker and former 5-star recruit, had 62 tackles and 5.5 sacks last season. As a freshman in 2015 he was named a Freshman All-American and Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year. The Mesquite, Texas product has 123 career tackles at Texas and 15.5 sacks. He is a popular name on NFL mock draft lists and is a first team 2017 All-Big 12 preseason first team member.

If Jefferson were to win the award, he would join Texas legend Derrick Johnson as the only Longhorns to win the award. Johnson won the award in 2004 and was a finalist in 2003.

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