Jefferson named Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year

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Linebacker Malik Jefferson (46) was one of 12 Texas players to receive all-conference recognition from the Big 12 Conference when he earned honorable mention all-conference honors and was named the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year (photo courtesy of texassports.com).
Linebacker Malik Jefferson (46) was one of 12 Texas players to receive all-conference recognition from the Big 12 Conference when he earned honorable mention all-conference honors and was named the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Lansdale

IRVING, Texas — Twelve University of Texas football players were honored Wednesday by the Big 12 by earning various all-conference honors.

Linebacker Malik Jefferson was named the league’s Defensive Freshman of the Year, becoming the sixth player in UT history to earn the honor, joining cornerback Quandre Diggs (who won the award in 2011), defensive end Brian Orakpo (2005), defensive tackle Rodrique Wright (2002), linebacker Derrick Johnson (2001) and defensive end Cory Redding (1999).

Fullback Alex De La Torre and linebacker Peter Jinkens earned  [article-offer]

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