Three earn weekly College Football Performance Awards
Nov. 20, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas- Three members of the Texas Longhorns football team received recognition from the College Football Performance Awards for their accomplishments in week 12 against Kansas State. Sophomore DE Jackson Jeffcoat was selected as the National Defensive Lineman of the Week, junior DE Alex Okafor was selected as Honorable Mention Defensive Lineman of the Week and senior K Justin Tucker was selected as Honorable Mention Kickoff Specialist of the Week.
Jeffcoat tallied four tackles for loss in the game against Kansas State to give him 16 on the season. He continued his recent tear and now has 12 TFL in the last four games with 5 sacks and 35 tackles over that span. He finished the game with eight tackles (3 solo), one sack, four TFL, one PBU and two quarterback pressures. For the season, Jeffcoat has 57 tackles (28 solo), 16 TFL, five sacks, three pass break ups and eight quarterback pressures. This is the third time this season Jeffcoat has been selected for CFPA honors.
Okafor recorded a sack for the fifth straight game against Kansas State and now has one in six of the last seven contests. He leads the team with seven sacks for the season and now has 9.5 for his career. Okafor recorded seven tackles (4 solo), one sack, three TFL and three quarterback pressures in the game against Kansas State. In 2011, Okafor has 44 tackles (18 solo), 14 TFL, seven sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, 13 quarterback pressures (team-high) and two pass break ups.
Tucker had four kickoffs for 271 yards for a 67.8 yard average. His kickoff net average was 41.2 yards and he had one touchback. Tucker also made a 48-yard field goal in the second quarter to tie the game at 3-3 and added a 26-yard field goal to cut the lead to 17-13 in the fourth quarter. He is now 14-of-16 (.875) on the season and 37-of-43 (.860) for his career. He is a perfect 3-of-3 on kicks of 40-49 yards this year.