It seems like Longhorn players are being added to 'watch lists' on a daily basis. The media recently announced preseason All-Big 12 selections, and we thought that this was a good opportunity to project a few individual awards for the Texas Longhorns - the MVPs.
Texas offensive lineman Trey Hopkins, defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat, linebacker Jordan Hicks and defensive back Quandre Diggs earned all-conference honors. These guys will lead the Longhorns into a 2013 season full of high hopes and high expectations.
With the fans eager to get the season started, we decided to do a little 'preseason predicting' of our own.
Enough of the talk ... let's get right to it.
Preseason Offensive Most Valuable Player
Candidates: QB David Ash, RB Johnathan Gray, OL Trey Hopkins, WR Mike Davis, OL Donald Hawkins
And the award goes to... Quarterback David Ash
If you look at David Ash's numbers from last season and compare them to what Vince Young and Colt McCoy did in their sophomore seasons, one can make an educated guess that David Ash is due for a breakout 2013. During their junior seasons, both McCoy and Young had a major up-tick in performance and leadership. Our prediction is that David Ash will have the same kind of production increase and be the Texas OMVP.
There are other players that can challenge for this award, but make no mistake, if the Texas Longhorns have the kind of season that we know they are capable of, it will be on the arm of David Ash.
Sleeper Pick: Mike Davis
Preseason Defensive Most Valuable Player
Candidates: DE Jackson Jeffcoat, LB Jordan Hicks, CB Quandre Diggs, CB Carrington Byndom
And the award goes to... Jackson Jeffcoat
Jackson Jeffcoat is on just about every defensive award watch list that there is, and rightfully so. This former 5-star recruit has all the attributes of an elite level college defensive lineman. In 2011, he tallied 17 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. He followed that up with in an injury shortened 2012 season that saw him rack up 11 tackles for loss, four sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery for a touchdown in six games - including four tackles against Oklahoma State alone. If healthy, Jeffcoat will have opposing quarterbacks running for cover all season.
In 2013, Jeffcoat will dominate and win the DMVP.
Sleeper Pick: Jordan Hicks
Why David Ash Will Have a Breakout 2013 (HI INSIDER)
David Ash named to 2013 O’Brien Award Watch List
Four Longhorns on Preseason All-Big 12 team
Jeffcoat Named to 2013 Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List
Source: Bleacher Report, Sports Illustrated