Junior linebacker Malik Jefferson may not be done playing football for the Texas Longhorns, as head coach Tom Herman said on Friday that Jefferson hasn’t made a decision about the NFL and could play in the Texas Bowl against the Missouri Tigers.
However, he’ll have to get healthy to do so — Jefferson is currently day-to-day with a first-degree turf toe sprain. Of the three grades of turf toe injuries, Jefferson’s is the least serious. Given the amount of time between the game against Texas Tech and the Texas Bowl in 12 days, that should be adequate rest for him.
So if Jefferson is capable of playing against the Tigers, it appears that he may do so, regardless of whether he decides to leave the NFL in the immediate aftermath. Herman said that he expects to sit down with his junior this weekend and discuss their decisions about leaving school early.
Jefferson led Texas with 110 tackles and added 10 tackles for loss, four sacks, and five quarterback hurries.