FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Ken Hamlin recorded 15 tackles in Friday’s 21-20 victory over No. 17 LSU to move into second place on Arkansas’ all-time career tackles chart, and in the process earned Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors.
The win improved Arkansas’ record to 9-3 and gave the Razorbacks the SEC Western Division title and a trip to Atlanta for this week’s SEC Championship Game against Georgia.
Hamlin has a team-high 137 tackles, which ranks as the seventh-best single-season total in school history. He now has 359 career stops, second at Arkansas only to Cliff Powell, who had 367 from 1967-69.
Hamlin, an honorable mention All-American last year when he led all SEC defensive backs with 118 tackles and was third in the league overall, recorded seven of his tackles in the fourth quarter, including four on LSU’s next to last drive, helping hold the Tigers to a field goal. He also broke up two passes.
“I am proud of the efforts of Ken and our entire defense, not only in the LSU game, but throughout the season,” head coach Houston Nutt said. “Ken made some big plays down the stretch against LSU to help us stay in position for a comeback. He leads our team in tackles and has had another outstanding season.”
The preseason All-SEC first-team selection has seven double-figure tackle games this year and 19 for his career.
Hamlin is the fifth Razorback to earn SEC player of the week honors this season. Kicker David Carlton was the special teams honoree following the South Carolina game. Receiver Tom Crowder earned special teams honors following the Ole Miss game. Tailback Fred Talley was recognized as the offensive selection after the Auburn game and linebacker Tony Bua earned the defensive award following the opener against Boise State.