FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Senior tailback De’Arrius Howard, sophomore defensive tackle Marcus Harrison and junior punter Jacob Skinner were each given Hogwired.com Player of the Week honors after their outstanding individual performances in Arkansas’ league-opener against Vanderbilt.
Howard earned offensive honors after he recorded a career-high 139 yards rushing against the Commodores. His longest gain of the night came on a 39-yard run in the first quarter that resulted in an Arkansas touchdown. The West Memphis, Ark., native’s previous best was 125 yards against Mississippi State last season. Howard’s 139-yard effort marked his fifth 100-yard rushing performance of his career and he is now tied for 12th in UA’s record book for career 100-yard rushing games.
In his first career start at tackle Harrison picked up defensive accolades. He registered nine tackles, including three unassisted and one tackle that resulted in a one-yard loss. He also posted a team-high four quarterback hurries.
Skinner had one of his best games as a Razorback, landing three punts inside the 20-yard line. Last season he only managed five inside the 20-yard line in six games. In the first quarter two of his first three punts pinned VU inside its 10-yard line. The Commodores started drives following Skinner’s punts from the six, 26 and two-yard lines.
Skinner averaged 44 yards per punt in the first half, including a 57-yarder that was the second-longest kick of his career. For the game, he averaged 42.7 yards on six punts. He also forced Vanderbilt to take three fair catches.