FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Peyton Hillis, Matt Hewitt and Dallas Washington have been named the Hogwired.com players of the week. The three Razorbacks garnered the recognition following their performances Saturday in Arkansas’ 34-15 win over Chattanooga at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.
Hillis led the team with five catches and a season-high 56 receiving yards against the Mocs. It was his highest receiving total since Nov. 11, 2005, at LSU. He was on the receiving end of a 24-yard touchdown throw from quarterback Casey Dick. The score was Hillis’ second touchdown reception of the season and eighth of his career. He added 13 rushing yards to finish the night with 69 all-purpose yards.
The senior fullback is Arkansas’ leading receiver on the year totaling 17 receptions and 178 receiving yards. Three times this season, the Conway, Ark., native has led or tied for the team lead in receptions. Hillis is part of the Hogs’ offense that is eighth in the nation and tops in the Southeastern Conference averaging 507.6 total yards per game.
Hewitt claimed the defensive honors for the week after racking up seven total tackles—three solo, four unassisted— in the win against Chattanooga. He also tallied two quarterback hurries. On the season, he leads the Hogs with 38 total tackles, 17 assisted stops and seven quarterback hurries. The senior safety is seventh in the SEC averaging 7.4 tackles per contest.
On special teams’ duty against Chattanooga, Washington had four total tackles, the second-highest output of his career. He posted three solo stops and one assisted tackle during the game. The junior out of Douglasville, Texas, also recorded a half-tackle for loss when he tackled the Mocs’ punter for a loss of 12 yards. Washington leads the Razorbacks with 11 special teams tackles this season and is the only player with double-digit special teams stops.
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.