Five Former Razorbacks Prepare for College Foo
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A total of five former Razorbacks, including All-Southeastern Conference quarterback Matt Jones and All-SEC defensive end Jeb Huckeba, will take part in college football all-star games set for later this month.
“I’m excited that a number of our guys are getting an opportunity to display their skills on a national stage in college football all-star games,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “These five guys made a tremendous contribution to our program and I hope that they have a chance to continue their football careers at the next level. I wish them the best of luck in their final collegiate game and their future endeavors on and off the field.”
Huckeba will be the first Razorback to hit the gridiron in the East-West Shrine Classic in San Francisco, Calif. on Saturday Jan. 15 at 1 p.m. CT. Huckeba will compete for the East squad in a game televised by ESPN. The Searcy, Ark., product finished his senior season with 56 tackles including a team-leading 13 tackles for loss (-51).
On Saturday, Jan. 29, tailback DeCori Birmingham and wide receiver Steven Harris will compete for the East team in the Las Vegas All-American Classic. The game is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT and will be televised by FOX Sports Net. Birmingham was a versatile contributor in his Razorback career spending time at both wide receiver and tailback as well as significant time as a kick returner. In 2004, Birmingham eclipsed Ken Hatfield’s school mark for combined kick return yardage in a career. Harris made the most of his senior season hauling in 37 passes for 617 yards and four touchdowns. Harris led the team in catches and yards and boasted an average of 56.1 receiving yards per game.
Defensive tackle Arrion Dixon will take center stage as a member of the East squad on Saturday, Jan. 22 in the Hula Bowl. The game from Maui, Hawaii will be televised nationally on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. CT. Dixon started 29 of his final 32 games on the Hogs’ defensive front. He racked up 28 tackles including six tackles for loss (-27) in 2004.
Jones will round out the Razorbacks’ contingent with an appearance in the Senior Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 29. He was added to the South squad as a multi-position player and will likely see playing time at wide receiver in the game televised from Mobile, Ala., at 3 p.m. CT on ESPN2. Jones capped a record-breaking career at Arkansas in 2004 with another standout season. The Fort Smith, Ark., product finished his Razorback career as the most prolific rushing quarterback in SEC history. His final career average of 7.38 yards per play in total offense ranks second all-time in the league trailing only Florida’s Heisman Trophy quarterback Danny Wuerffel.
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