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12/04/2013
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Below are individual and team notes on the Arkansas football team's 2013 season. Notes will continue to be added and updated until all rankings are final Jan. 7.

Team Notes
Underclassmen made 98 starts this season, with true freshmen making 30 starts, redshirt freshmen starting 11 times and sophomores making 57 starts.

Underclassmen accounted for 91.7 percent of Arkansas’ total rushing yards, 90.2 percent of total offense, 88.3 percent of total passing yards, 98.5 percent of kickoff return yards, 78.9 percent of all-purpose yards, 58.6 percent of receiving yards, 60.0 percent of touchdowns scored and 50.0 percent of forced fumbles and fumble recoveries.

Arkansas is the only team in the SEC with multiple 100-yard rushing games from a freshman and a freshman with a 100-yard receiving game. Alex Collins rushed for at least 100 yards in four games, and Hunter Henry totaled 109 receiving yards vs. No. 10 Texas A&M.

Arkansas allowed 8.0 sacks in 2013, the lowest single-season total in school history and the second straight year an offensive line coached by Sam Pittman only allowed 8.0 sacks. The previous Arkansas low was 9.0 in 2006. 

The Razorbacks lead the SEC and rank 3rd in the NCAA with an average of 0.67 sacks allowed per game and also lead the conference and rank 6th in the nation by allowing one sack every 37.63 pass attempts.

The Razorbacks lead the SEC and rank 4th in the NCAA in tackles for loss allowed with an average of 3.75 per game.

Arkansas leads the SEC and is tied for 12th in the NCAA with an average of 4.1 penalties per game. UA finished the year with 49 penalties, with only 19 before the snap. Last year, Arkansas committed 72 penalties including 38 pre-snap penalties.

Arkansas ranks 6th in the SEC and 24th in the NCAA in net punting, gaining an average of 39.02 yards per punt.

The Razorbacks rushed for at least 200 yards in seven of 12 games this season. From 2009-12, UA rushed for 200 yards in a game six times in 51 games.

Arkansas averaged 5.28 yards per carry in 2013, the 4th-highest single-season average in school history.

Arkansas tied a school record by facing five teams during the regular season ranked in the top 15 at the time of the game. In 2006 and 2011, UA played a sixth top-15 team in a bowl game.

Individual Notes
Alex Collins became the 2nd Razorback freshman, joining Darren McFadden, 10th SEC true freshman and 68th true freshman in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 yards. The Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., native finished his first collegiate season with 1,026 rushing yards.

Alex Collins became the 11th Razorback and first since Knile Davis in 2010 to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Collins finished the year with 1,026 yards, the 15th-highest single-season total in school history.

Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams became just the 2nd pair of Razorbacks to rush for at least 900 yards in one season. Collins finished the year with 1,026 yards and Williams had 900. Darren McFadden and Felix Jones were the only previous pair of teammates to each rush for 900 yards in one season, both topping the mark in 2006 and 2007.

Alex Collins’ four 100-yard rushing games this season are tied for 2nd in the NCAA among freshmen. Collins is the only freshman in the SEC with multiple 100-yard rushing games in 2013. His four 100-yard rushing games also rank 2nd on the school’s freshman list, behind only Darren McFadden’s five from 2005.

Alex Collins ranks 2nd in the SEC and is 13th in the NCAA with 355 fourth-quarter rushing yards. He is also tied for the conference lead and for 19th in the nation with nine rushes of 10 or more yards in the fourth quarter.

Jonathan Williams’ average of 6.0 yards per carry ranks 12th on Arkansas’ single-season list.

Hunter Henry ranks 3rd among the NCAA’s freshmen tight ends with 409 receiving yards. He gained a first down on 78.6 percent of his receptions, first among SEC tight ends and tied for the 3rd-best percentage overall in the conference, and his average of 14.6 yards per catch ranks 2nd among tight ends in the SEC.

Travis Swanson ended his career having started all 50 games from 2010-13. Swanson is just the 2nd Razorback to start 50 games in a career, joining Jerry Franklin (50, 2008-11).

Kiero Small finished the season with no negative-yard plays among his 40 carries and 19 receptions. He gained a first down or scored a touchdown on 47.5 percent of his rushes.

Brandon Allen’s 13 touchdown passes are tied for 13th on Arkansas single-season list.

Chris Smith finished his Arkansas career with 21.5 sacks, which ranks as the 4th-most in school history. Smith also recorded 8.5 sacks during the 2013 season, which ranks 4th in the SEC and tied for 31st nationally. Smith’s sack total is also tied for the 8th-most in a single season in school history. Smith is also tied for 9th in the conference with 11.5 tackles for loss this season, and ranks 2nd in the SEC with 1.23 tackles for loss per game.

Trey Flowers is tied for 11th in school history in career tackles for loss. Through his first three seasons at Arkansas, Flowers has 32.0 tackles for loss. Flowers led the team, is tied for 4th in the SEC and for 54th nationally with 13.5 tackles for loss in 2013. Flowers is also tied for 2nd in the conference with three forced fumbles.

Alan Turner led the team and is 7th in the conference with 97 tackles in 2013. Turner averaged 8.1 tackles per game, which was the 7th-highest average in the SEC.

Zach Hocker finished his Razorback career as the school’s record holder in total points with 354, points scored by a kicker with 354, field goal percentage with a 77.2 percent success rate, PATs made with 171, PAT attempts with 173. Hocker also tied the school record for career field goals made with 61.

Zach Hocker closed his collegiate career ranking 6th in SEC history in PATs made, 7th in PAT attempts, 8th in points scored, tied for 10th in field goals made and 17th in field goal percentage.

Zach Hocker made three field goals in 2013 that rank among the 15 longest in school history. Hocker converted a 54 yarder vs. Mississippi State, which ranks as the 8th-longest in school history. He made a 53 yarder vs. Samford, which was tied for the 9th-longest in school annals. Hocker also made a 51-yard field goal at Ole Miss, which was tied for the 15th-longest in school history.

Zach Hocker’s five career field goals of 50 yards or longer are tied for 2nd nationally among active players.

Zach Hocker recorded a touchback on 34 of his 50 kickoff attempts in 2013 and averaged 63.2 yards per kickoff. Hocker ranks 4th in the conference and 16th nationally in average yards per kickoff, 8th in the conference and 33rd nationally in total touchbacks and 2nd in the SEC and 5th nationally with a touchback percentage of 68 percent.

Dan Skipper blocked a school-record three field goal attempts during the 2013 season. Skipper is the only player in the SEC and one of eight players nationally to have at least three blocked kicks this season. Skipper’s three blocked field goals are tied for the 2nd-highest single-season total in SEC history and for the 8th-highest single-season total in NCAA history. Only 22 teams in the country have more blocked kicks, including punts, than Skipper.

Zach Hocker and Sam Irwin-Hill each had punts in 2013 that ranked among the five longest in the country. Irwin-Hill had a 79-yard punt vs. South Carolina, which is the 2nd-longest in the country this season and tied for the 7th-longest punt in school history. Hocker had a 77-yard punt at Rutgers, tied for the 5th-longest in the country and tied for the 13th-longest in school history.

Sam Irwin-Hill averaged 44.3 yard per punt, which ranks 4th in the conference and 14th nationally. Irwin-Hill placed 20 punts inside the 20-yard line, which was the 4th-highest total in the league.

Korliss Marshall gained 422 yards on 19 kickoff returns, the 11th-highest total in the SEC and 3rd-highest in the conference with less than 20 returns.

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