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As a freshman (2015), Malik Jefferson played in 11 games (9 starts). Missed the Baylor game due to injury. Finished the season with 61 tackles (7 for loss), 2.5 sacks, 6 quarterback pressures, 3 pass break ups, and a forced fumble he recovered and took back to the house.
In 2016 (sophomore season) he played in 11 games (9 starts) recorded 62 tackles (8.5 for loss), 5.5 sacks, 3 pass break ups, 3 quarterback hurries, and a forced fumble.
Best Position Fit
4-3 Outside Linebacker or 3-4 Outside Linebacker
Malik is a game-wrecker. Superior read and react ability. Elite pass rush skills. Great get-off; quick first step. Smooth hips; can cover bigger receivers and tight ends in the slot. Outstanding bend around the edge. Does an excellent job shedding blocks. Tackles well in open space. Excellent college production. Very disciplined in protecting the edge; trusts his teammates and forces the play back inside. Blitzes with great patience and timing.
Head injury kept him sidelined for a couple of games. Will need to add more mass to play outside at the next level.
Texas moves Malik around all over the field, and he plays in just about every front. Reads the play and gets to the ball in a hurry. Has missed some time due to injury. There is a possibility a team might entertain the idea of kicking him inside at the next level.
11/12/2016 – Malik Jefferson out for the game with head injury.
11/19/2016 – Texas’ Malik Jefferson to sit out against Kansas with concussion.