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Preseason honors continue to pour in for UT linebacker Malik Jefferson

Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson now is on the preseason watch lists for the Bednarik Award, the Bronco Nagursky Trophy and the Butkus Award (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Lansdale

BRUSH PRAIRIE, Wash. — Junior Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson has been named to the preseason watch list for the 2017 Butkus Award, which is given annually by the Butkus Foundation to the nation’s best linebacker.

Former UT star Derrick Johnson won the award in 2004; he and Sergio Kindle (2009) are the only Longhorns ever to be named finalists.

The honor is not the first of the preseason for Jefferson