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Malik Jefferson Planning to Play in Texas Bowl

The Texas defense will have one of its key players available for the bowl game against Missouri.

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Malik Jefferson Planning to Play in Texas Bowl

After initially being ruled out for the Texas Bowl against Missouri, Malik Jefferson now plans to play according to Coach Herman.

Jefferson has been suffering from turf toe, but he recently saw a specialist in Green Bay, Wisconsin to speed up the recovery process. Herman considers Jefferson day-to-day as of now, and with the bowl still a few weeks out, Herman expects the Big 12 co-defensive player of the year to be a full go against Missouri.

Many draft scouts have speculated that Jefferson will sit out the bowl game and declare early for the NFL draft. However, this new development contradicts some of these claims.

Jefferson’s draft stock had dropped over the last couple of weeks, but he is still projected as a late first round to early second round grade. Jefferson had 110 tackles on the season, including four sacks. Jefferson had been penciled into declaring early to the NFL draft for a couple of years now, and the consensus still expects Malik to declare early. However, there is some growing optimism in the Longhorn corner that Malik Jefferson may return for his senior year in Austin.

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