Jeffcoat Wins AP Big 12 DPOY

Four Longhorns were honored Monday as AP first-team All-Big 12 selections, including defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat, who became the third 'Horn to win AP Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.

Texas senior defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat made his final year on campus a strong one, and was rewarded with the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Award Monday, per the Associated Press.

Jeffcoat joins former linebacker Derrick Johnson and defensive end Brian Orakpo as Longhorns to win AP Big 12 DPOY, and was one of four Longhorns on the AP All-Big 12 First Team, released on Monday. He was joined by fellow defensive end Cedric Reed, offensive guard Trey Hopkins and kicker Anthony Fera on the first unit. Wide receiver Mike Davis and offensive tackle Donald Hawkins each earned second-team mention.

Jeffcoat finished the season with 73 tackles, 18.0 tackles for loss and a Big-12 leading 12 sacks. His tackles led the Big 12 in stops for a defensive lineman, while his tackles for loss were second in the conference only to Kansas State's Ryan Mueller, who had 18.5. Jeffcoat was also tied for second in the league with three fumble recoveries.

Reed teamed with Jeffcoat to form the Big 12's most dangerous pass rush, with the Longhorns putting up a league-best 37 sacks on the year. For his part, Reed had 64 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks. His tackles for loss were fourth in the Big 12, while his sacks ranked third and his four forced fumbles were second.

Hopkins and Hawkins helped to form a dominant-at-times left side that aided the Longhorns in averaging nearly 200 rushing yards per game, while only allowing 14 sacks on the season. The latter mark was second in the Big 12.

Fera has been one of the country's most automatic kickers. He's made 44-of-45 extra points and an amazing 20-of-22 field goals (one was blocked this past weekend against Baylor).

Davis missed one game and was significantly less than 100 percent in others, but still made 49 catches for 715 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging 14.6 yards per catch.

Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty was the AP's Offensive Player of the Year. West Virginia running back Charles Sims was the Offensive Newcomer of the Year, while Dominique Alexander of Oklahoma was tapped as the Defensive Newcomer of the Year.

The All-Big 12 team is listed below.


FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

QB — Bryce Petty, Jr., Baylor (U)

RB — Lache Seastrunk, Jr., Baylor

RB — James Sims, Sr., Kansas

WR — Antwan Goodley, Jr., Baylor (U)

WR — Tyler Lockett, Jr., Kansas State

TE — Jace Amaro, Jr., Texas Tech (U)

C — Gabe Ikard, Sr., Oklahoma

OL — Le'Raven Clark, So., Texas Tech

OL — Parker Graham, Sr., Oklahoma State

OL — Trey Hopkins, Sr., Texas

OL — Cyril Richardson, Sr., Baylor (U)

AP — Lockett, Kansas State

K — Anthony Fera, Sr., Texas


DEFENSE

DL — Calvin Barnett, Sr., Oklahoma State

DL — Jackson Jeffcoat, Sr., Texas (U)

DL — Ryan Mueller, Jr., Kansas State

DL — Cedric Reed, Jr., Texas

LB — Jeremiah George, Sr., Iowa State

LB — Eddie Lackey, Sr., Baylor

LB — Caleb Lavey, Sr., Oklahoma State

LB — Will Smith, Sr., Texas Tech

DB — Aaron Colvin, Sr., Oklahoma

DB — Justin Gilbert, Sr., Oklahoma State

DB — Jason Verrett, Sr., TCU (U)

DB — Ty Zimmerman, Sr., Kansas State

P — Spencer Roth, Jr., Baylor


SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

QB — Clint Chelf, Sr., Oklahoma State.

RB — Charles Sims, Sr., West Virginia.

WR — Mike Davis, Sr., Texas; Tevin Reese, Sr., Baylor; Eric Ward, Texas Tech.

TE — E.J. Bibbs, Jr., Iowa State.

C — B.J. Finney, Jr., Kansas State.

OL — Spencer Drango, So., Baylor; Donald Hawkins, Sr., Texas; Cornelius Lucas, Sr., Kansas State; Quinton Spain, Jr., West Virginia.

AP — Sims, West Virginia.

K — Mike Hunnicutt, Oklahoma.


DEFENSE

DL — Will Clarke, Sr., West Virginia; Kerry Hyder, Sr., Texas Tech; Chris McAllister, Sr., Baylor; Charles Tapper, So., Oklahoma.

LB — Bryce Hager, Jr., Baylor; Ben Heeney, Jr., Kansas; Shaun Lewis, Sr., Oklahoma State; Blake Slaughter, Sr., Kansas State.

DB — Sam Carter, Jr., TCU; Ahmad Dixon, Sr., Baylor; Chris Hackett, So., TCU; Daytawion Lowe, Sr., Oklahoma State.

P — Nick O'Toole, So., West Virginia.


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