It’s award season in college football, and a Big 12 player is taking home another top honor. Defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat of Texas has been named the winner of the 2013 Ted Hendricks Award as the nation’s top player at that position.
This has been quite a week for the Texas senior, who earlier in the week was named by the Associated Press as the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. Jeffcoat ranks third in the FBS this season with 12 quarterback sacks. Only one other Longhorn – Alex Okafor last season – has recorded more sacks in a single season that Jeffcoat. Okafor had 12.5 sacks in 2012.
Jeffcoat had 21 tackles in the regular season this year, and five of his sacks came in the Longhorns’ final two games of the regular season, against Texas Tech and Baylor. The Longhoirn defensive end also was credited with 18 quarter back pressures, three fumble recoveries and an interception this season.
Over his career at Texas, Jeffcoat has averaged 0.68 sacks in 39 games, which places him No, 4 on the FBS active list. He ranks third in school history with 59 career tackles for a loss and eighth with 28.5 total sacks.
Jeffcoat won the award over five other finalistrs: Vic Beasley of Clemson, Shilique Calhoun of Michigan State, Brad Daly of Montana State, Michael Sams of Missouri and Marcus Smith of Louisville.
Voting for the Ted Hendricks Award is done by a diversified group consisting of college coaches, former players, media representatives and pro football personnel.
Jeffcoat is the second Texas defensive end to receive the honor. Former Longhorn Brian Orakpo (now with the Washington Redskins) won it in 2008.