BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Linebacker Dre Greenlaw and running back Rawleigh Williams III earned postseason honors from the league office on Thursday when they were named to the SEC All-Freshman team in a vote by the conference head coaches.
Arkansas has had at least one player on the SEC All-Freshman team 12 straight years while Greenlaw and Williams are the sixth and seventh, respectively, under head coach Brett Bielema.
The only player to win SEC Freshman of the Week twice this season, Greenlaw ranks fifth among freshmen nationally and 12th in the SEC with 93 tackles. Greenlaw, a high school safety turned into linebacker, led the Razorbacks in tackles five times after entering the starting lineup in week three. Included in Greenlaw’s five team-leading performances were four double-digit tackle efforts. In Arkansas’ four-overtime win over Auburn, Greenlaw had 16 tackles, including 12 from the second half through the end of the game. His second SEC Freshman of the Week honor came after having 12 tackles, his first career sack and a forced fumble to help Arkansas win at LSU.
Williams was able to earn the respect of the league head coaches and a spot on the SEC All-Freshman team despite missing the final five games due to a suffering a season-ending neck injury. His first career touchdown came in his home state of Texas against Texas A&M at AT&T Stadium in Arlington and he followed with his first career 100-yard rushing game the next week during a win at Tennessee. Williams carried 14 times against the Vols for exactly 100 yards, highlighted by a 44-yard run. He finished the season with 254 yards rushing on 56 carries.
Arkansas is one of six teams with a player on both offense and defense on the SEC All-Freshman team.