FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas deep snapper Alan D’Appollonio has been named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance at Rutgers, it was announced Monday.
D’Appollonio is the first snapper to earn weekly conference player of the week honors since the SEC began awarding a special teams player of the week in 2002. The junior from Phoenix, Ariz., hauled in the first reception of his career on a fake punt in the first quarter, catching a 24-yard pass from punter Sam Irwin-Hill on a 4th-and-6 play from the Arkansas 49-yard line. The catch extended the Razorbacks’ drive that led to the first points of the game when Zach Hocker, with D’Appollonio snapping, nailed a 41-yard field goal. D’Appollonio, who snaps on PATs, field goals and punts, has been perfect on snaps so far this season.
D’Appollonio’s recognition is the fifth for Arkansas already through four weeks this season, the most in the SEC. Arkansas is one of two teams with at least one conference player of the week in each of the first four weeks of 2013.
D’Appollonio and the rest of the Razorbacks are in Fayetteville this weekend to open SEC play by hosting Texas A&M. The game, which is sold out, will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2 at 6 p.m.For more information on Arkansas football, follow @RazorbackFB on Twitter.