William Wilkerson, Scout.com

Texas freshman Malik Jefferson tabbed Walter Camp National FBS Defensive Player of the Week

Freshman LB becomes first defensive honoree from Texas to earn prestigious accolade.

Longhorns freshman linebacker Malik Jefferson made life very uneasy on Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield on Saturday, sacking him two times to go along with four other tackles. 

Because of his efforts in the Red River Showdown, which ended with Texas upsetting previously unbeaten Oklahoma 24-17, Jefferson was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation Bow Subdivision National Defensive Player of the Week.

Jefferson is the seventh UT player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the first ever defensive honoree.

Jefferson and the Texas defense held the Sooners to 278 yards of total offense, including just 67 yards rushing, and recorded a season-high six sacks.

This is the 12th year that the Walter Camp Football Foundation will honor one offensive and one defensive player as its national Football Bowl Subdivision player of the week during the regular season. Recipients are selected by a panel of national media members and administered by the Foundation.


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