FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas continued to add to its post-season awards resume on Friday as sophomore Darren McFadden tallied another All-America honor, four Hogs earned sophomore All-America accolades and a total of five Razorbacks earned All-SEC recognition from CollegeFootballNews.com.
McFadden was a first-team All-America selection and was named the Southeastern Conference player of the year by the website. He also earned a spot on the first-team All-SEC offensive unit and the sophomore All-America team. He was also named the offensive sophomore of the year. McFadden has racked up nearly every award imaginable in the wake of a record-breaking season at Arkansas. He was awarded the Doak Walker Award and finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting. The Little Rock, Ark., native rushed for a school-record 1,558 yards this season. The consensus first-team All-American was also named the top SEC player overall in the outlet’s ranking of the top 30 players in the league.
Fellow tailback Felix Jones joined McFadden on the All-SEC squad giving the Hogs a pair of first-team all-conference running backs. The duo became the third tandem in SEC history and the 38th in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 yards in the same season. Jones tallied 1,018 yards and boasted an impressive 7.3 yards per carry this season. CollegeFootballNews.com named Jones as an honorable mention sophomore All-American and ranked him as the second-best running back in the SEC behind McFadden.
Senior offensive linemen Stephen Parker and Tony Ugoh helped clear the way for McFadden and Jones all season long. The pair garnered first-team All-SEC recognition for their efforts. Arkansas led the SEC and ranked fourth in the nation averaging 228.23 yards rushing per game. The Razorbacks’ offensive front also yielded the fewest sacks of any team in the nation (0.62 per game). Parker started 12 of 13 games at left guard this season for the Hogs. He racked up 49 knockdown blocks. The Mandeville, La., product is a second-team All-America selection and was rated as the No. 5 offensive lineman in the SEC by CollegeFootballNews.com.
Ugoh has blocked his way to various post-season honors this season. The second-team All-America selection was named to CollegeFootballNews.com’s All-SEC first team and was ranked as the No. 2 offensive lineman in the league. Ugoh had a dominating season at left tackle earning 67 knockdown blocks.
Center Jonathan Luigs added a first-team sophomore All-America selection to his collection of awards. Luigs, already an Associated Press third-team All-American, anchored a UA offensive
front that led the way for two 1,000-yard rushers and 12 100-yard rushing efforts in 13 games. He tallied 30 knockdowns this season.
Junior Jamaal Anderson earned a spot on the first-team All-SEC defense. Anderson led the Razorbacks with 15.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. He tallied a total of 60 tackles and was consistently a disruptive force in opposing backfields. Anderson was ranked as the No. 3 defensive lineman and the No. 11 player overall in the SEC by CollegeFootballNews.com.
Defensive end Antwain Robinson was honored on the second-team sophomore All-America squad. Robinson ranked second on the team in tackles for loss (13.5) and sacks (7.5) and tallied the second-most stops by a UA defensive lineman (67).