FAYETTEVILLE – University of Arkansas wide receiver/punt returner Joe Adams and offensive guard Alvin Bailey have been recognized on the Pro Football Weekly All-America Team, which was released Monday.
One of the most versatile and dynamic players in college football, Adams was tabbed as the All-American return specialist. The Little Rock, Ark., native leads the country with three punt return touchdowns and an average of 16.19 yards per punt return. In addition to Arkansas, only two other teams in the country have returned three punts for touchdowns this season. Adams is the only player in the NCAA with rushing, receiving and multiple punt return touchdowns in 2011.
His career total of four punt return touchdowns is tied for the lead among all active players nationally and tied for fourth all-time in the SEC. Adams ranks tied for second on the SEC’s single-season punt return touchdown list, one behind the conference’s single-season record. Adams has also been named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Year and slated as an All-American by the Football Writers Association and Walter Camp.
Bailey was one of two offensive guards, and the only sophomore, to earn honorable-mention status and one of two sophomores to be recognized on the offensive line. The Broken Arrow, Okla., native has started all 12 games this season and all 25 in his career. He is a member of an offensive line that has blocked for an offense that has produced a 3,000-yard passer for the third straight season.
Arkansas leads the SEC and ranks 13th in the country in passing offense, averaging 307.8 yards per game, and also leads the SEC and ranks 27th nationally with an average of 445.8 yards of total offense per game. The UA offense ranks second in school history in completions (279) and passing first downs (161), third in passing yards (3,693) and fourth in scoring (449) and touchdowns scored (56-tie).
Pro Football Weekly’s All-America team annually honors the most talented players in college football and is determined based on considerable feedback from NFL evaluators taking into consideration a player’s pure talent and contribution to his team. Unlike many other teams rewarding the best college football players, PFW places an extra premium on true talent and draft value in the selection process. Participants are expected to have contributed for the bulk of the season, and extra attention was paid to qualities such as toughness, competitiveness and work ethic.
Arkansas wraps up the 2011 season Jan. 6 in the 76th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic when the Razorbacks, who finished sixth in the BCS standings, take on Kansas State, which was eighth in the final BCS standings, inside Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The game will air on Fox beginning at 7 p.m.