Texas senior defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat was named the Big 12's Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press on Monday. He was one of four Longhorns on the AP's All-Big 12 First Team while two of his other teammates were named to the Second Team.
Jeffcoat led Texas in tackles (80), tackles for loss (18), quarterback hurries (14) and sacks (12) this season. His 12 sacks were the most in the Big 12 while his 18 tackles for loss were the second-most in the conference. Jeffcoat had five sacks in his last two games, although the Longhorns missed out on a chance to clinch an outright Big 12 title and BCS bowl berth by losing to Baylor last Saturday.
Jeffcoat was joined on the AP All-Big 12 First Team by senior offensive guard Trey Hopkins, senior kicker Anthony Fera, who is also a finalist for the Lou Groza Award, and junior defensive end Cedric Reed, who declined to comment after that loss to Baylor on his decision whether to come back for his senior year in 2014. Reed made 75 tackles this year and had nine sacks, the third-most in the Big 12.
Senior offensive tackle Donald Hawkins and senior wide receiver Mike Davis, who led Texas in receiving for the third straight season, were named to the AP All-Big 12 Second Team.
The Longhorns face Oregon in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30.