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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Razorbacks Darren McFadden, Jonathan Luigs and Felix Jones earned spots on the Rivals.com All-America first team, and Robert Felton was named a second-team performer. Arkansas placed the most players on the first team with its three selections.
McFadden finished the regular season averaging 143.8 rushing yards per game which is good for fourth in the nation. This season, the junior tailback has gained 1,725 yards on the ground, an Arkansas single-season record, and moved into third place on the Southeastern Conference career rushing list.
Luigs,a Rimington Trophy finalist,and Felton are part of the offensive line that cleared the way for the Razorbacks’ SEC-leading 296.8 rushing yards per game. Arkansas has led the conference in rushing five of the past six seasons. The offensive line is fourth in the nation allowing just 10 ten sacks this season.
Jones was selected as a kick returner. During the season, he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, including a 90-yard score against Troy in the Hogs’ opener. The Tulsa, Okla., native had at least one kickoff return for a touchdown in each of his first three seasons at Arkansas.
Razorbacks accounted for three of the six Southeastern Conference players on the first team. Defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey and safety Craig Steltz of LSU and quarterback Tim Tebow of Florida are the other SEC first-team honorees.
The four Razorback All-America picks—McFadden, Jones, Luigs and Felton—were also named to Rival’s All-SEC first team, the most of any conference team. Michael Grant, Peyton Hillis and Alex Tejada were chosen second team all-conference.
Grant leads the conference with 17 pass breakups and has three interceptions on the year. He helped the Razorbacks finish fifth nationally in pass efficiency defense.
Hillis is the Hogs’ top receiver with 485 yards on 44 receptions and five touchdown catches. The senior fullback has also rushed for 328 yards and two touchdowns, while blocking for the backfield of McFadden and Jones. He had four total touchdowns in Arkansas’ win over then-No. 1 LSU.
As the Razorbacks’ place kicker, Tejada has made 17-of-21 field goals. The freshman kicker leads the SEC with an 81 percent success rate.