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08/17/17 - LB Malik Jefferson, who came to Texas as one of the most highly ranked recruits in the state and the bellcow of the turnaround that never happened under Charlie Strong, is now a junior and has, by every parameter, not lived up to his hype. Jefferson has worked on his strength in the offseason and needs to be more physical, but he could have the breakthrough season that's been expected from him at one of the Longhorns' outside linebacker positions.
07/10/17 - 2017 Preseason Bednarik Award Watchlist: LB Malik Jefferson, Texas,...A third-year linebacker and native of Mesquite, Texas, Jefferson looks to become the first Longhorn in school history to win the prestigious award. Derrick Johnson was a finalist for the honor in 2004. So far this preseason, Jefferson has been named an All-American by Sporting News and also Preseason All-Big 12 by Athlon Sports. As a sophomore a season ago, Jefferson played in 11 games while making nine starts. He finished third on the team with 62 tackles (42 solo), while totaling 8.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. He also added three pass breakups, three quarterback pressures and a forced fumble to earn second-team All-Big 12 recognition from the Associated Press. In addition, he was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award.
Jefferson had an impressive freshman campaign in 2015, earning freshman All-America honors by the Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News and USA Today. He was named Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year, in addition to earning honorable mention All-Big 12 honors, after compiling 61 tackles, seven TFL and 2.5 sacks. He led the Longhorns that season in quarterback pressures (six) and was fourth with his seven tackles for loss, while also adding three pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. - Texas Football
11/12/16 - Texas middle linebacker Malik Jefferson has been taken out of Saturday's game against No. 11 West Virginia to be evaluated for a head injury. School officials say the sophomore won't return. Jefferson left early in the first quarter. His inspired play - 17 tackles and two sacks the previous two weeks - had helped the Longhorns win consecutive games against Baylor and Texas Tech. He had three tackles, including one for a loss, and a quarterback hurry against the Mountaineers before leaving the game Saturday. West Virginia leads at halftime 17-13. - AP Sports
12/14/15 - 2015 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Daje Johnson (KR/PR),...Malik Jefferson also was selected honorable mention All-Big 12 and was joined in that category by fellow freshmen CB Davante Davis, P Michael Dickson, CB Holton Hill, OG Patrick Vahe and OT Connor Williams, plus junior DT Hassan Ridgeway and seniors DT Desmond Jackson, KR/PR Daje Johnson and CB Duke Thomas. Johnson led the Big 12 and ranked 24th in the nation in punt return average at 10.7 on 21 attempts, including an 85-yard TD. He also returned 22 kickoffs for 528 yards (24.0 ypr). - Texas Football
12/14/15 - 2015 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Malik Jefferson (LB),...Despite both missing the final game of the season due to injury, Peter Jinkens and Malik Jefferson led the team in tackles with 75 and 61, respectively. Jinkens also led the team with 6.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss while adding four pressures. Jefferson led the team in pressures with six, and recorded seven tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery, which he returned for a TD. - Texas Football
12/09/15 - 2015 BIG 12 DEFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Malik Jefferson, Texas, LB, Mesquite, Texas...Jefferson becomes the sixth Longhorn to be recognized as Defensive Freshman of the Year, joining CB Quandre Diggs (2011), DE Brian Orakpo (2005), DT Rodrique Wright (2002), LB Derrick Johnson (2001) and DE Cory Redding (1999). Despite both missing the final game of the season due to injury, Jinkens and Jefferson led the team in tackles with 75 and 61, respectively. Jinkens also led the team with 6.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss while adding four pressures. Jefferson led the team in pressures with six, and recorded seven tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery, which he returned for a TD. - Texas Football
10/12/15 - OCT 12 BIG 12 CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Malik Jefferson, Texas, LB, Fr, Mesquite, Texas...Freshman linebacker Malik Jefferson recorded six total tackles (five solo), including two quarterback sacks and two tackles-for-loss in Texas’ 24-17 win over No. 9 Oklahoma. He helped the Texas defense hold the Sooners to 278 yards of total offense, including just 67 yards rushing, and a season-high six sacks. Jefferson was also named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week. - Big 12 Football
10/12/15 - OCT 12 WALTER CAMP FOOTBALL NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: MALIK JEFFERSON, TEXAS, Freshman, Linebacker, Mesquite, TX/Poteet...Malik Jefferson recorded six tackles (5 solo) and two quarterback sacks as Texas defeated 10th-ranked Oklahoma, 24-17, in the Red River Showdown. With the win, the Longhorns improved to 2-4, 1-2 in the Big 12. Notes: Jefferson is the seventh Texas player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the first ever defensive honoree. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation