FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Phil Steele named five Arkansas football players to his 2017 All-SEC teams Tuesday.
Frank Ragnow hauled in first-team honors, leading the way for the Razorbacks. Freshman wide receiver and return specialist De’Vion Warren was named to the second team at kick returner. Junior guard Hjalte Froholdt, sophomore linebacker De’Jon Harris and senior defensive back Kevin Richardson II were third-team selections.
Already named an All-American by The Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, CBS and Pro Football Focus, Ragnow led all Football Bowl Subdivision offensive linemen with a 93.7 overall PFF grade. He paced all centers with a 92.4 grade in the run game to go with an 88.3 mark in pass protection in eight games played. He allowed only one pressure on his 255 pass blocking snaps. Ragnow started 33 consecutive games and didn’t allow a sack over 2,603 career snaps at center and right guard before sustaining a season-ending ankle injury during the Auburn game on Oct. 21. He had only missed 43 offensive snaps since becoming a permanent starter as a sophomore in 2015.
Froholdt was the second-highest graded guard in the SEC at 85.8, earning a spot on PFF’s All-SEC first team last week. He started all 12 games at left guard in 2017 to run his streak to 25 straight dating back to last season. Froholdt played 89.2 percent of the team’s offensive snaps this year and didn’t allow a sack across 388 snaps in pass protection.
Behind seven games with double-digit tackles, Harris racked up 115 total stops this season, good for second most in the SEC. He was also third in the conference with 66 solo tackles. Of his seven 10-plus tackle performances, six came against SEC opponents, which is tied for the league lead.
A defensive team captain, Richardson tied for the team lead and sixth in the SEC with three interceptions. He also had four pass breakups for a total of seven passes defended. His three pickoffs were the most by a Razorback in a single season since 2013. One of Richardson’s most memorable plays of the year occurred at Ole Miss on Oct. 28, when he scooped a fumble and returned it 22 yards for a score with 6 minutes left in the fourth quarter of the Razorbacks’ 38-37 win.
Warren finished the season with a 26.38 kickoff return average to rank second in the SEC and 12th nationally. He returned 29 kicks for 765 yards, including one for a 100-yard touchdown against Auburn on Oct. 21. It was the longest kickoff return for a score since Felix Jones’ 100-yard kickoff return in 2006 against Ole Miss, it equaled the longest touchdown in Arkansas history, and it is tied for the longest scoring play in the FBS this season. His 765 kickoff return yards rank third in single-season school history.
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