FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – For the second time in three weeks, an Arkansas player has been named the Southeastern Conference’s special teams player of the week with sophomore kicker David Carlton picking up the honor for Saturday’s 23-0 win at South Carolina.
Carlton, from Tulsa, Okla., hit three of four field goals, recorded two touchbacks on kickoffs, landed three other kicks inside the five-yard line and forced a fair catch on another kickoff.
Carlton hit field goals from 43, 27 and 22 yards out. His one miss was from 50 yards away.
“I’m proud that David has been recognized for his contribution to our team,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “He has been consistent on field goals and has hit anything inside 50 yards. His three field goals last week were key. When you look at our wins this season, especially the last three, our special teams have been a big factor for us.”
For the year, he is nine of 12 on field goals with all three misses coming from 50 yards away or longer. He missed a 50-yarder against Auburn and a 51-yarder against Kentucky, but is two of two from 40-49 yards out, one of one from 30-39 yards and six of six from 20 to 29 yards.
Carlton is the second Razorback to earn the special teams award in three weeks, and the fourth Hog to earn SEC player of the week honors this season. Junior receiver Tom Crowder earned the special teams honor following the 48-28 win over Ole Miss on Oct. 26. Tailback Fred Talley was the offensive choice following the 38-17 win at Auburn and linebacker Tony Bua was the defensive selection following the season-opening 41-14 victory over Boise State.