- Max Olson, ESPN Staff Writer
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AUSTIN, Texas -- Three Longhorns who stood out in Texas' 41-16 victory over Texas Tech on Thanksgiving:
DE Jackson Jeffcoat: Is Jeffcoat the Big 12 Defense Player of the Year? November is almost over and there's still no clear favorite, but you have to think he's in the running. He was downright unblockable at times on Thursday, racking up three sacks and tying for the team lead with seven tackles in his most creative role to date, as an end/linebacker hybrid who played all over the field, often times directly behind the defensive tackles. The new role fit Jeffcoat's talents well and helped make for a tough night for Baker Mayfield and his Red Raiders offensive line.
RBs Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron: Texas ran the ball 60 times on Thursday knowing that meant putting the offense in the hands of the junior running backs, and both delivered. Brown rushed for 128 on 27 carries, and Bergeron gained 102 on 17 carries with a touchdown, the 25th of his career. They know Texas Tech's run defense was a major vulnerability and they attacked all night long, which set up some big pass plays as well.
DE Cedric Reed: If you want to make the case that Reed has been Texas' best defensive end this season, go right ahead. A legitimate case can be made for him, and he's becoming quite the freak as a junior. Reed picked up two more sacks on Thursday to hit nine on the season and recorded a team-high three quarterback hurries. If he stays another year, he'll be in for a special season.
WR Mike Davis: We're giving a bonus one this week to Davis, who shined on his final home game with four catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns. His scores came on a 47-yard bomb from Case McCoy to end the first quarter and a 7-yarder off a slant route to start the fourth. Davis is up to 46 catches for 701 yards and eight scores this season. He continues to be a dynamic deep threat, even against corners and safeties who know not to let him get past them.
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