FAYETTEVILLE – Four Razorbacks have been honored on the SEC All-Freshman Team, it was announced Thursday.
Defensive end Trey Flowers, cornerback Tevin Mitchel and wide receiver Marquel Wade were all selected as all-freshman performers, while tight end Garrett Uekman, who passed away on Nov. 20, was named the team’s honorary captain. Uekman played in nine games this season after redshirting in 2010.
Flowers has appeared in all 12 games this season with starts at Ole Miss, at Vanderbilt and against No. 10 South Carolina. The Huntsville, Ala., native has recorded 28 tackles, 5.5 for loss with 1.0 sack, two pass breakups and one quarterback hurry so far in his true freshman campaign. He made a season-high-tying five tackles in Arkansas’ 44-28 victory over the Gamecocks, matching the total he had in UA’s 42-38 win vs. No. 14 Texas A&M inside Cowboys Stadium. Flowers recorded a career-high 2.0 tackles for loss, including 1.0 sack, in the Razorbacks’ 29-24 victory at Ole Miss and added four tackles, 1.0 for loss, and one pass breakup in the 31-28 win at Vanderbilt.
Mitchel has seen action in all 12 games this season and made six starts, including five in a row to finish the regular season. He ranks sixth on the team with 53 tackles, including 0.5 for loss, and has recovered one fumble. The Mansfield, Texas, native made a career-high 13 tackles, nine solo, and recovered one fumble to help the Razorbacks defeat No. 14 Texas A&M 42-38 inside Cowboys Stadium. Mitchel was named SEC Freshman of the Week following a seven-tackle performance the next week in the first start of his career, a 38-14 UA defeat of 15th-ranked Auburn.
Wade was selected as the team’s return specialist. He currently ranks second in the SEC, first among freshmen, and 21st in the NCAA with his average of 26.5 yards per kickoff return. He also leads the conference’s freshmen and is sixth in the SEC with an average of 8.2 yards per punt return. The true freshman from Jacksonville, Fla., scored his first collegiate touchdown in Arkansas’ 52-3 win against New Mexico with an 85-yard kickoff return touchdown. The Razorbacks lead the NCAA with five total kick return touchdowns this season. Wade compiled a season-high 128 all-purpose yards in UA’s 29-24 win at Ole Miss, where he returned three kickoffs for 84 yards, had one 37-yard rush and returned one punt for seven yards.
The 2011 season concludes Jan. 6 in the 76th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic when the Razorbacks, who finished sixth in the BCS standings, take on Kansas State, which was eighth in the final BCS standings, inside Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The game will air on Fox beginning at 7 p.m.