While the 2013 season wasn’t ideal for the Arkansas Razorbacks, four players earned All-SEC honors by the Associated Press for their great play on the field.
All-SEC First Team: C -Travis Swanson, Sr.
Swanson has started all 50 games of his Razorback career and is the second longest streak in the country. He has blocked for three seasons with a 3,000-yard passer, and two seasons with a 1,000-yard rusher. The team captain was undoubtedly one of the leaders of the team and especially the offensive line this year. Along with being named on the first team All-SEC, Swanson has been named one of six Remington Trophy finalists. This spring Swanson is expected to go in the early rounds of the NFL draft and has truly represented the University of Arkansas tremendously well.
SEC Freshman of the Year: RB- Alex Collins, Fr.
Collins was the pride and joy of Bret Beilema’s first recruiting class and he was well worth the hype. The Fort Lauderdale, Florida native became the first freshman in SEC history to start his career with three straight 1,000-yard games and the first freshman in FBS since Adrian Peterson in 2004. Collins finished the season with 1,026 rushing yards on 190 carries which led all freshman in the country and was the first freshman back at Arkansas to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season since Darren McFadden.
All-SEC Second Team: K- Zach Hocker, Sr.
Hocker graduates having appeared in every game of his Razorback career and finishes 171-of-173 on PATs and 61-of-79 on field goals. He holds the Arkansas record for career points by a kicker with 354 and has a career field goal percentage of 77 percent. Hocker was 16-of-19 on field goals this year including 6-of-8 from 40-49 yards and a long of 51 along with being perfect on extra points.
TE- Hunter Henry, Fr.
Henry was a highly-ranked recruit out of Little Rock and was a deference maker for the Razorbacks this year. Henry ranked second on the team with 28 receptions for 409 yards and tied for the team lead with four receiving touchdowns. He is second among NCAA freshmen tight ends in receiving yards and 20th in the nation in the position. Henry is second among SEC tight ends averaging 14.6 yards per catch and gained a first down on 78.6 percent of his receptions.
I’m somewhat surprised that Chris Smith didn’t earn at least All-SEC honorable mention honors considering he was third in the SEC with 8.5 sacks. Jadeveon Clowney had three the entire year and earned first team honors, but when your team doesn’t win a conference game and your defense is at the bottom of the league, it’s hard for the media to take notice of you.
The future seems bright for the Arkansas football team having the SEC freshman of the year and a freshman tight end making second team All-SEC. It will be interesting to see the freshman All-SEC team to see how other young Razorback players will be honored.
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