Junior LB Jaylan Ford earned his first collegiate weekly honors after his standout performance in the victory over Iowa State.
AUSTIN, Texas – Texas junior linebacker Jaylan Ford was named the Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday. It marked the first conference honor of Ford’s career.
Ford had a pair of takeaways in Texas’ win over Iowa State. He intercepted a pass in the end zone to snuff out a Cyclone drive in the second quarter and shift momentum to the Longhorns. In the fourth quarter, he recovered an Iowa State fumble on the Texas 28 with 2:06 remaining to play, clinching the victory for UT. The Frisco, Texas native recorded eight tackles (two solo) to go along with the interception and fumble recovery, which were each the first of his career.
He is third Longhorn to earn one of the Big 12’s weekly honors this season. Junior DB Jahdae Barron was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 19 following Texas’ comeback victory over UTSA in which he returned his first interception for a 44-yard touchdown and tallied six tackles (three solo) in the game. Redshirt freshman Quinn Ewers was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Oct. 10 after completing 21-of-31 passes (67.7%) for 289 yards and four touchdowns in the win against Oklahoma, while leading the Longhorns on seven touchdown drives that averaged 74 yards, including the first four that went for 90, 92, 80 and 79 yards.
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