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Arkansas Names 10 to the Associated Press All-SEC Team

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas Names 10 to the Associated Press All-SEC Team

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. The Associated Press selected 10 Arkansas football players to their All-SEC Team, it was announced on Thursday.

Arkansas placed four players on the offensive first team, had two offensive second-team selections, three second-team defensive honors and an honorable-mention honoree.

Offensive lineman Robert Felton, center Jonathan Luigs, running back Darren McFadden and return specialist Felix Jones were named to the first-team offense.

Offensive lineman Nate Garner and Jones, as a running back, earned second-team offensive honors.

McFadden has rushed for a school-record 1,725 yards this season and has earned 100 yards or more in nine of Arkansas’ 12 games. Luigs, Felton and Garner have helped clear the way for a league-leading rushing attack and the nation’s third-leading rushing offense with the Hogs averaging 296.8 yards per game. Luigs has been named first-team All-American and is a Rimington Trophy finalist while Felton has garnered second-team All-America honors already this season.

Jones earned a position on the first-team listing as a return specialist. The Tulsa, Okla., native led the SEC and ranked third in the nation in kickoff returns with a 31.3 yards-per-attempt average. Jones also garnered recognition from AP on the second team as a running back. This season, Jones turned in his second-consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season earning 1,117 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Defensive tackle Marcus Harrison, cornerback Michael Grant and safety Matt Hewitt were named to the second-team defense. Cornerback Jerell Norton was named defensive honorable mention.

Ranked fourth on the team, Harrison has totaled 72 tackles (37 solo, 35 assisted) in 11 games this season. He also racked up 5.5 TFL for a loss of 14 yards and 1.5 sacks for a loss of seven yards. He also had nine pass break ups and seven quarterback hurries.

Grant was the Razorbacks’ starter at free safety for the first two games of the season, but switched to cornerback and started at that position for the remainder of the season. Grant has 71 tackles and three interceptions this season and ranks among the nation’s leaders in pass defended.

Hewitt leads the team with 118 tackles. He also ranks tied for fourth in the SEC and 41st nationally in tackles. He has 97 tackles in eight SEC games this season, an average of 12.13 per game. He leads the SEC and ranks tied for sixth nationally in forced fumbles with .33 per game. Hewitt has nine career double-digit tackle games in his career, including seven this season, which all came in SEC games.

Norton has 32 tackles in 12 games this season. He is fourth in the SEC and tied for 26th nationally with 1.25 passes defended per game. He has 11 pass breakups and five interceptions this season. His 174 interception return yards rank second in school history. His five interceptions rank tied for 29th nationally (.42 per game) and is the fourth-most in the SEC. It is also the most by a Hog in a single season since Zac Painter had five in 1998. He recorded a career-high and team-best 10 tackles – eight solo – in the season opener against the spread offense of Troy. He also batted down three passes and played a career-high 70 snaps.

For a complete listing of the 2007 AP All-SEC Team honorees, visit www.secsports.com.



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