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Jackson Jeffcoat and Anthony Fera Named Big 12 Players of the Week

Jackson Jeffcoat had three sacks vs. Texas Tech.

Jackson Jeffcoat had three sacks vs. Texas Tech.

Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat and place-kicker/punter Anthony Fera were named Big 12 Players of the Week for their play in the Longhorns' 41-16 win over Texas Tech, the league announced Monday.

Jeffcoat, the defensive player of the week, and Fera, the special teams player of the week, have each earned the award three times this season.

Jeffcoat posted a team-high seven tackles, including three sacks in the win over the Red Raiders. All three of his sacks came on third-down plays as the Horns held an explosive Red Raider offense to 5-of-18 third-down attempts and 396 yards of offense, well below their 523.9 yards per game season average coming into the game.

All three of Jeffcoat's sacks came in the second quarter, with the first two forcing punts and the third forcing a field goal as UT maintained a 20-10 halftime lead. Jeffcoat's three sacks moved him into eighth place on the UT all-time list with 24.5 and third on the Longhorns' all-time TFL list with 57. Jeffcoat also had three QB pressures.

Anthony+Fera+Texas 2013Fera connected on both of his field goal attempts and all five PATs to tally 11 points. Fera's two field goals extended his streak to a school-record 15 straight, tying a mark set 16 years ago by Longhorn Pro Bowl kicker Phil Dawson. He also dropped three of his five punts inside the 20-yard line, increasing his season total to 26-of-59 (44.1% /11th-best nationally) punts downed inside the 20 on the year.

Fera's first field goal, a 37-yarder midway through the first quarter, pulled Texas within four at 7-3. His second kick, from 49 yards out, extended the Horns' lead to 13-7. Fera is now 13-of-13 on field goals when the game is within seven points and 5-of-5 in three-point games this season. He is 19-of-20 (95%) on field goals overall in 2013, on pace for the most accurate season in UT history.

James Schleicher is the publisher of Horns Illustrated magazine. He's also a fifth generation Texan and lifelong Austinite. Follow @HornsIllus twitter to keep up with all things Horns Illustrated.