Name: Jackson Jeffcoat
Position: Defensive End
College: University of Texas Longhorns
Weight: 250 pounds
Jackson Jeffcoat has played in 26 games and started in 20 games so far for the Longhorns. Despite only playing in 26 games, Jeffcoat has had 14.5 sacks and 38 tackles for a loss, and if he can stay healthy for all of 2013, those numbers could soar and pro teams will look at him early coming into next year’s draft. He has been named to the watch lists for the 2013 Walter Camp Award, Bednarik Trophy, Nagurski Trophy, Lott Trophy and CFPA Defensive Awards which is high praise to say the least. He missed the last seven games of last year due to a rupture of his right pectoral muscle, and despite this injury fairly early in the season, Jeffcoat still was second in sacks, forced fumbles and tackles for a loss on the team. That being said, it has healed well and he should continue on being an imposing force even as his opposite side defensive end in Alex Okafor turned pro and is playing for the Arizona Cardinals.
Besides talents on the field, Jeffcoat has an NFL lineage as his father is Jim Jeffcoat, who played for the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills for a combined 15 seasons from 1983-1997. While that isn’t a barometer in how well or long a player will play in the NFL, it certainly doesn’t hurt having that on a player’s side.
All in all, it should be interesting to see what happens for Jeffcoat and the Longhorns in 2013.