Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat recorded 13 sacks and a team-leading 86 tackles in 2013, good enough to be named Big 12 defensive player of the year.

Yet, he wasn’t deemed worthy enough for a coveted invitation to the Senior Bowl last month.

Jeffcoat said the slight has only fueled his motivation in preparation for the NFL Scouting Combine and the May draft.

“Not getting invited to the Senior Bowl has definitely added fuel to my fire,” Jeffcoat, a Plano West grad, said. “I used it as motivation. I worked my butt off and kept grinding.”

As the son of former Cowboys defensive end Jim Jeffcoat, Jackson said he would love to follow in his father’s footsteps and play for his hometown team.

The Cowboys seek help along the defensive line, especially pass rushers.

But Jeffcoat is being looked at more as a 3-4 linebacker than at end, which is what he would play in the Cowboys’ 4-3 scheme. The Cowboys have made no contact with him so far at the combine, he said.