Hamlin and Andrews Named College Football News
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas junior free safety Ken Hamlin has joined sophomore teammate Shawn Andrews as a first-team All-American. Hamlin and Andrews have been named to the College Football News.com All-America team.
The selection of Andrews and Hamlin marks the first time in 14 years that two Razorbacks have earned first-team All-America honors in the same season. Defensive tackle Wayne Martin and placekicker Kendall Trainor were the last Razorback teammates to share All-America status in the 1988 campaign.
“Ken has had an outstanding season for us,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “To be able to say you are the career tackle leader after only three years is remarkable. Shawn continues to earn a spot on nearly every All-America team named. He has established himself as one of the best offensive linemen in the country in only his sophomore season. It is great for our program to have a number of players in the national spotlight.”
Hamlin leads the Razorbacks with 150 tackles this season, marking the third-straight 100+ tackle campaign in his career. The Memphis, Tenn., product passed Cliff Powell to become the all-time UA career tackle leader with 13 tackles against Georgia in the 2002 SEC Championship Game. Hamlin has earned 372 career tackles.
Andrews has also been selected to a bevy of other All-America teams this month including the American Football Coaches’ Association (AFCA), Football Writers’ Association of America (FWAA), CNNSI.com and ESPN.com teams. Earlier this week, league coaches named him the 2002 recipient of the Jacobs Award recognizing the SEC’s top blocker.
In addition, Hamlin, Andrews and senior tailback Fred Talley were named to The Sporting News’ first-team All-SEC squad on Tuesday. Talley led the Razorbacks in rushing for the third-straight season with 1,086 yards and two touchdowns on 183 carries. The Longview, Texas, native posted four 100-yard rushing games this season and became the first Razorback to rush for more than 1,000 yards since Madre Hill earned a school record 1,387 yards in 1995.
A pair of UA redshirt freshmen also garnered accolades this week. Tailback De’Arrius Howard and inside linebacker Clarke Moore were both named to the Knoxville News-Sentinel’s All-SEC Freshman Team. Howard was also named to The Sporting News SEC All-Freshman squad.
“When you talk about De’Arrius and Clarke, you are talking about two young guys that are already making a big impact on our football team,” Nutt said. “Both of them were able to come in this season and contribute. I’m excited about their future at the University of Arkansas.”
Howard has rushed for 588 yards and a team-leading seven touchdowns through the Hogs first 13 games this season. He earned a career high 121 yards in Arkansas’ 26-19 win at Mississippi State.
Moore appeared in 12 games in 2002 including earning a starting nod in the Razorbacks’ last five contests. He earned 56 tackles including six tackles for loss (-13) and three sacks (-10). Moore posted a career high nine tackles against Georgia in the 2002 SEC Championship Game.
No. 25 Arkansas (9-4) will return to practice on Sunday night in preparation for its Dec. 30 date with the Minnesota Golden Gophers (7-5) in the 2002 Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl.
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