Jeffcoat, Gray Named Big 12 Players of the Week

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Senior Jackson Jeffcoat sacks K-State quarterback Jake Waters. (Photo: Jesse Drohen).

Senior Jackson Jeffcoat sacks K-State quarterback Jake Waters. (Photo: Jesse Drohen).

Texas sophomore running back Johnathan Gray and senior defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat have been named as Big 12 Football Players of the Week, the league office announced Monday.

Gray earned honors as the stand alone offensive player of the week while Jeffcoat shared defensive player of the week honors with safety Terrell Burt of Baylor. Trevor Pardula of Kansas was named special teams player of the week. It's the first Big 12 Player of the Week honor for both Gray and Jeffcoat.

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Gray led the Texas offense with a career-high 141 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the Longhorns' 31-21 win over Kansas State. The sophomore scored a 21-yard touchdown in the second quarter to give Texas a 17-0 lead, and added a 15-yard score in the third quarter that made it 24-7. He also had two receptions for 14 yards to record a career-best 155 all-purpose yards. Gray became the 49th player in school history to eclipse 1,000 career rushing yards (1,051).

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Johnathan Gray runs in one of his two touchdowns versus Kansas State. (Photo: Jesse Drohen)

Johnathan Gray runs in one of his two touchdowns versus Kansas State. (Photo: Jesse Drohen)

Jeffcoat recorded five tackles, two quarterback pressures and a pair of sacks, matching a career high. The senior helped the Texas defense hold Kansas State to 115 rushing yards on 38 attempts, an average of 3.0 yards per rush. His two sacks, totaling 11 yards, came on Kansas State’s final two drives and helped prevent a late rally by Kansas State.

 

The College Football Performance Awards also named Gray as an honorable mention running back of the week on Monday morning.

 

(Via UT Athletics Communication Press Release)

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