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Texas LB Jordan Hicks named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week

The Horns are through four games and Hicks is not only healthy, but he's making plays.

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The Big 12 conference announced on Monday that Texas Longhorns senior linebacker Jordan Hicks has been named the conference's Defensive Player of the Week.

The oft-injured linebacker was instrumental in helping the Horns shut out an opponent for the first time since the 2012 opener against New Mexico. It was the first time Texas has shut out an opponent on the road since blanking Baylor in 2005.

Hicks was credited with 15 tackles and intercepted Kansas quarterback Montell Cozart in the third quarter, setting up a field goal by Nick Rose. It was the third straight game that he's recorded double-digit tackles and he now leads the team with 55 stops on the season, along with six tackles for loss and two interceptions.

His interception was an impressive display of athleticism for a player just more than a year removed from an Achilles tendon injury.

During the Baylor week press conference on Monday, head coach Charlie Strong praised Hicks' efforts this season.

"He's had an unbelievable year," Strong said. "He's so critical. He gets the defense lined up and makes plays for us."

Strong added that it's been fun to watch Hicks play, a sentiment Texas fans can surely agree with after watching Hicks go down with season-ending injuries in the third game of the 2012 season and the fourth game of the 2013 season.