FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas punter Sam Irwin-Hill has been named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance vs. No. 14 South Carolina, it was announced Monday.
Irwin-Hill boomed a 79-yard punt in the second quarter of Saturday’s game that is the longest in the SEC and second-longest punt in the NCAA this season. It also ranks as the seventh-longest punt in school history. The junior from Bendingo, Australia, punted four times total against the Gamecocks and averaged 53.5 yards per punt with one inside the 20-yard line. This season, his average of 45.1 yards per punt is fourth in the SEC and 14th in the nation, and his 10 punts inside the 20 are tied for the most in the conference.
Irwin-Hill’s recognition is the sixth weekly conference award earned by the Razorbacks this season, which is tied for the second-highest total in the conference. Running back Alex Collins has twice been named Freshman of the Week, defensive ends Trey Flowers and Chris Smith have each been named Defensive Lineman of the Week once and Alan D’Appollonio became the first snapper to earn Special Teams Player of the Week with his recognition.
Irwin-Hill and the rest of the Razorbacks travel to Alabama this week for a 6 p.m. kickoff on ESPN.For more information on Arkansas football, follow @RazorbackFB on Twitter.