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Athlon Names Four Razorbacks All-SEC

Athlon Names Four Razorbacks All-SEC

FAYETTEVILLE – Four Razorbacks were named All-SEC by Athlon Sports for their performances during the 2013 season.

Tight end Hunter Henry, center Travis Swanson, defensive end Chris Smith and kicker Zach Hocker all earned second-team acclaim from the magazine. Henry was the only freshman recognized on offense and one of two named to either of the all-conference teams.

Henry earned his third all-conference honor this week in addition to being named to the SEC All-Freshman Team and first-team All-Freshman by College Football News. Henry appeared in all 12 games and made seven starts. The true freshman from Little Rock, Ark., tied for the team lead with four receiving touchdowns and ranked second on the team with 28 receptions for 409 yards. His receiving yards total ranks second among NCAA freshmen tight ends and 20th overall at his position. He is the only tight end in the SEC and one of three freshmen in the conference with a 100-yard receiving game, totaling 109 yards vs. No. 10 Texas A&M. He ranks first among SEC tight ends and fourth overall in the conference by gaining a first down on 78.6 percent of his receptions, and his average of 14.6 yards per catch ranks second among the conference’s tight ends.

Swanson adds to an honors list that includes first-team All-American, Rimington Trophy finalist and multiple All-SEC teams. The Kingwood, Texas, native led an offensive line that blocked as Alex Collins became the 10th true freshman in SEC history to rush for 1,000 yards and as Collins and Jonathan Williams became the second Razorback duo to each reach at least 900 rushing yards in one season. The offensive line, which featured two true freshmen starting the final eight games, also broke the single-season school record by only allowing 8.0 sacks. Arkansas leads the SEC and is tied for second in the NCAA with an average of 0.67 sacks allowed per game. The Razorbacks’ average of one sack allowed for every 37.63 pass attempts is the best in the conference and seventh in the nation. Swanson started all 50 games of his career, becoming the first Razorback with 50 straight starts and just the second to start 50 total games, and is the 11th two-time team captain in program history.

Smith also was a second-team All-SEC selection by the conference’s coaches. A native of Mount Ulla, N.C., he is tied for third in the SEC and for 26th nationally with 8.5 sacks and is 16th in the country with 71 sack yards. His sack total is tied for the eighth-most in a single season in school history. Smith also ranks seventh in the conference with 11.5 tackles for loss. He finished his Arkansas career with 21.5 sacks, which ranks as the fourth-highest total in school history. Smith finished the season with 36 total tackles, six quarterback hurries, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery. Smith has accepted an invitation to the 2014 Senior Bowl and will join Swanson as they participate in the nation’s top showcase of senior talent for NFL evaluators with a week of practices leading up to the Jan. 25 game in Mobile, Ala.

Hocker also was included on the Associated Press All-SEC second team after completing his career holding school records for points and points by a kicker with 354, field goal percentage at 77.2 percent, PATs made with 171, PAT attempts with 173 and 61 made field goals. He also ranks sixth on the SEC’s career PATs made list, seventh in PAT attempts, eighth in points scored and tied for 10th in field goals made. This season, the Russellville, Ark., native scored 67 points, 28-of-28 on PATs and 13-of-15 on field goals. Three of his field goals rank among the 15 longest in school history, including a 54 yarder that is tied for the eighth-longest by a Razorback. Hocker also kicked off 50 times, averaging 63.2 yards per kickoff with 34 touchbacks. His touchback percentage of 68 percent ranks second in the SEC and fifth in the NCAA, and his average is fourth in the conference and 18th in the nation.

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