FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas seniors Jeb Huckeba and Gene Perry have been named to the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Academic District VI football team it was announced on Thursday. District VI includes all universities in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma.
“I’m extremely proud of what Jeb and Gene have accomplished on the field and in the classroom,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “As a student-athlete you have to balance many different responsibilities. This honor demonstrates their strong commitment to competing at the highest level both academically and athletically.”
Huckeba, a native of Searcy, Ark., earned a spot on the first-team defense in recognition of his contributions on the field as well as his academic accomplishments. He sports a 3.23 grade point average in administrative management. Huckeba was also a CoSIDA Academic District VI first team selection last season. In 2004, Huckeba has started all eight games at defensive end for the Hogs racking up a team-leading 10 tackles for loss (-42). He ranks second among Southeastern Conference defensive linemen with an average of 5.1 tackles per contest.
Perry has a 3.83 grade point average in business education at Arkansas. Originally from Starkville, Miss., Perry attended East Mississippi Junior College before transferring to Arkansas. He has started all eight games for the Hogs this season at right guard. He has tallied 30 knockdown blocks this season, including three or more knockdown blocks in six of eight contests.
By virtue of their selection to the first team, Huckeba and Perry will be eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. Last season, Razorback offensive guard Jerry Reith was named as a second team academic All-American. Huckeba and offensive guard Mark Bokermann earned all-district accolades in 2003.