FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Junior receiver Tom Crowder, a member of Arkansas’ punt, punt return, kickoff, kickoff return and onside kick hands team, has been named Southeastern Conference special teams player of the week following the 48-28 victory over Ole Miss.
The Camden, Ark., native scored a touchdown, recorded two tackles, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and recovered an onside kick. He also made the initial hit on Ole Miss returner Ronald McClendon, who eventually fumbled following a hit by Jimarr Gallon. Freshman safety Lerinezo Robinson scooped up the ball and ran in eight yards for a touchdown, giving Arkansas a 10-2 lead.
Following De’Arrius Howard’s five-yard scoring run in the third quarter, Crowder hit McClendon on the ensuing kickoff and recovered a fumble in the end zone to give the Razorbacks a 41-14 lead.
As one of UA’s outside containment players on the punt unit, Crowder helped Arkansas limit Ole Miss to one punt return for a loss of one yard on five punts.
“It is great to see Tom and our special teams recognized for their outstanding performance against Ole Miss. Our special teams units really turned the game around for us. A lot of times those contributions go unnoticed, but they make a tremendous difference in the ball game. Tom is on nearly every special teams group we have. He has been a steady guy for us all season long.”
This is the first season the SEC has selected a special teams player of the week.
Crowder is the third player from Arkansas to earn league honors this year. Tailback Fred Talley was the offensive choice following the win at Auburn and linebacker Tony Bua was the defensive selection following the season-opening win over Boise State.