FAYETTEVILLE – University of Arkansas wide receiver Joe Adams has been named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week, it was announced Monday.
In last week’s season-opening 51-7 win against Missouri State, Adams tied an SEC record by returning two punts for touchdowns. The senior from Little Rock, Ark., took Missouri State’s first punt of the game back 61 yards for a score before turning in a 69-yard return to the end zone in the third quarter.
Adams piled up a school-record 174 yards on six punt returns against the Bears. His total broke the previous record of 146 set by Jack Morris against North Texas State in 1971 and also ranks as the fourth-highest single-game punt return yardage total in SEC history. In addition, the 174 yards rank second on UA’s total kick return yardage list behind only the 219 yards recorded by DeCori Birmingham on two punt returns and six kickoff returns against Alabama in 2002.
Adams was named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time in his career after also earning the distinction last season following the Ole Miss game in which he gathered 120 punt return yards, including a school-record 97-yard return for a touchdown, on three returns. He is the third Razorback, joining Felix Jones and Dennis Johnson, to be named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week twice since the award was initiated in 2002. No Arkansas player has won the award three times in a career.
Adams, who before the season was placed on the Paul Hornung Award Watch List as one of the most versatile players in the country, also extended his consecutive receptions streak to 35 games. The streak, which covers every game of his collegiate career, is the longest active in the SEC and fifth-longest active in the NCAA.
Arkansas continues its season this week when it hosts New Mexico in Little Rock. The game is set for a 6 p.m. kickoff and a national telecast on ESPNU.