FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas juniors Peyton Hillis and Weston Dacus joined sophomore Felix Jones as Hogwired.com Players of the Week for their efforts in last weekend’s 38-3 win over Ole Miss.
Hillis earned offensive honors while Dacus and Jones garnered defensive and special teams’ recognition. It is the first Hogwired.com honor of the season for Hillis and Dacus. Jones was co-offensive player of the week with teammate Darren McFadden after Arkansas’ upset of No. 2 Auburn earlier this season.
Hillis made a season-high six catches for 43 yards in the Razorbacks’ victory over the Rebels. His reception resume included gains of six, seven, eight, nine and 13 yards. Three of the Conway, Ark. product’s six catches netted first downs. Hillis also rushed twice for seven yards and a touchdown. He scored his first touchdown of the season on a one-yard run in the second quarter. He ranks second on the team with 15 receptions for 123 yards.
A career-high tying 12 tackles earned Dacus defensive player of the week honors. The Searcy, Ark., native tied the dozen stops he posted earlier this season in a double-overtime win against Alabama. Dacus earned four solo stops and one quarterback hurry against the Rebels. The Razorback linebacker helped Arkansas limit Ole Miss to three points and 102 yards rushing. Dacus is also a key reason that the Razorback defense has allowed only one touchdown in the past 10 quarters of play.
Jones clinched special teams’ player of the week honors at the start of Saturday’s victory, literally. The sophomore provided the most electrifying play of the day on the game’s opening kickoff when he raced 100 yards for a touchdown. It was Jones’ second career 100-yard kickoff return after accomplishing the feat last season against Mississippi State. The Tulsa, Okla., native became the second Razorback (Boyd Cypert) and only the second Southeastern Conference player (John Avery, Ole Miss) ever to post a pair of 100-yard kickoff returns. Jones’ return was the 36th 100-yard kickoff return in SEC history. The record-setting return helped Arkansas vault from 61st to ninth in the nation in kickoff returns averaging 26.5 yards per return.
Following each game this season, Hogwired.com will recognize an offensive, defensive and special teams player of the week. Recipients are chosen by the UA football coaching staff.