December 28, 2011, San Diego, CA: California Bears quarterback Zach Maynard (15) is sacked by Texas Longhorns defensive back Jackson Jeffcoat (44) during the second quarter of the Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jody Gomez-USA TODAY Sports

Jackson Jeffcoat Named To Lott Award Watch List

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After a pectoral muscle rupture abruptly ended his 2012 season, Jackson Jeffcoat is looking to have a great senior year. Now he will be adding some lofty expectations as he has been named to the Lott Award Watch List for the 2013 season. Here is the full release found on Texassports.com:

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – Texas senior DE Jackson Jeffcoat has been named to the 2013 Lott Trophy watch list, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation announced today. This is the second consecutive year that Jeffcoat has been named to the watch list for the award that honors college football’s Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year.

Named after Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Ronnie Lott, The Lott IMPACT Trophy is awarded to college football’s Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. Founded in 2004 by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, The Lott Trophy is the first and only college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player. The Lott Trophy is given to the player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.

Jeffcoat is a fourth-year defensive lineman who has appeared in 27 games with 20 starts, posting 117 tackles (59 solo), 38 TFL, 14.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries (one for a TD) and 22 QB pressures. He posted at least one sack in 10 of his last 13 games with a total of 12 over that span. Jeffcoat was sidelined for the final seven games of 2012 after suffering a right pectoral muscle rupture versus Oklahoma. He was named to the 2012 Nagurski Trophy, Bednarik Award, Lombardi Award and CFPA Defensive Lineman of the Year Trophy watch lists. Jeffcoat was a 2011 second team All-Big 12 selection (Coaches, AP, Kansas City Star, San Antonio Express-News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram) and was named honorable mention Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2010. He was a prep All-American, two-time first-team all-state and all-area and three-time first-team all-district selection at defensive end and was named to PARADE’s All-America High School Football Team. He also earned first-team All-USA honors by USA Today.

Jeffcoat is active both in UT’s community service program and has also made efforts of his own in both the Austin and greater Dallas communities. Most recently he made a trip to Perez Elementary School in Austin to read to first graders and kindergarteners to promote reading on “Read Across America Day.” He took it a step further by reading in Spanish to bilingual first graders whose first language is Spanish.

Jeffcoat missed seven games of the 2012 season with a torn pectoral muscle, but he used it as an opportunity to spend more time in the community, especially during the team’s trip to San Antonio for the 2012 Alamo Bowl. There, Jeffcoat and a few teammates visited Wounded Warriors at The Center for the Intrepid at the Brooke Army Medical Center. He was also able to spend additional time with children from the Boys and Girls Club of San Antonio following a team practice attended by the club members.

 

Additionally, Jeffcoat is a regular visitor to the Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, and he has joined teammates in visiting military personnel at Camp Mabry, which houses the headquarters of the Texas Military Forces and Texas National Guard in Austin. He also participated in several events during high school, including serving as a speaker at middle and elementary schools during drug-free week, volunteering at the Dallas Food Bank and helping with Plano West High School’s Turkey Drop.

Five former Longhorns have been named finalists for the Lott Trophy; Emmanuel Acho(2011), Sam Acho (2010), Brian Orakpo (2008) and Derrick Johnson (2004).

Voting for the award is held throughout the season by a National Voter Panel of former college coaches and players, select members of the media, past winners of the award and the Board of Directors of the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, the sponsors of the award. For more information on The Lott Trophy visit: www.LottTrophy.com.

The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation also announced charity donations of $25,000 which brought their total donations in nine years to over $1 million.

The 10th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy Black-Tie Awards Banquet will be Dec. 8 at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach.

 

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