FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas tailback Felix Jones, cornerback Michael Grant and linebacker Freddy Burton have been tabbed the Hogwired.com players of the week following their efforts Saturday in the Razorbacks’ 66-7 win over North Texas.
Jones, the offensive player of the week for the second time this season, racked up 216 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns against the Mean Green. He recorded 132 rushing yards on just seven carries (18.9 yards per rush), all coming in the first half of the UA victory. His touchdowns came on 35- and 71-yard runs in the first and second quarter, respectively. Jones’ 71-yard run is the fourth-longest of his career and second longest of the season by a Razorback trailing only a 73-yard run he had earlier in the season.
The Tulsa, Okla., native earned 100 rushing yards for the 10th time in his career as a Razorback, which moves him to sixth on the UA career chart. On the season, Jones is averaging 10.42 yards per carry, the best among the nation’s top 100 rushers. Allen Patrick of Oklahoma is second on that list with an average of 7.71 yards per carry. Jones ranks second in the Southeastern Conference and 10th in the nation with his 122.5 rushing yards per game.
With his two kickoff returns for 36 yards, Jones became the SEC career leader in kickoff returns averaging 28.82 yards per return. The next closest players are LSU’s Robert Dow and Auburn’s James Brooks, both with average of 25.4 yards per return. Jones also caught three passes for a career-high 48 yards.
Grant, a senior from Stone Mountain, Ga., earned defensive player of the week for his work against a North Texas passing game that threw the ball 41 times Saturday. Grant totaled four tackles, five pass breaks ups and an interception in the win. Three of his four tackles were solo stops. His five pass break ups is a career high and a single-game high for a Razorback this season.
Grant’s interception in the third quarter was the seventh of his career and led to an offensive touchdown for Arkansas. He was a part of a UA secondary that held North Texas to just 189 yards through the air. The Mean Green came into the game fifth in the nation averaging 378 passing yards per game.
Burton garnered the special teams award for his work as a member of the punt, punt return and kickoff coverage units against North Texas. He tallied five special teams’ tackles during the Razorbacks win, including four solo stops that came on kickoff coverage. After four games this season, the freshman linebacker is tied for the team lead with seven special teams tackles.
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.