FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Sophomore center Jonathan Luigs and junior defensive end Jamaal Anderson were named Southeastern Conference offensive and defensive lineman of the week, respectively, on Monday in the wake of Arkansas’ 27-10 upset of No. 2 Auburn last weekend.
“It is appropriate that our offensive line and defensive line were recognized for their outstanding play against Auburn,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “I was really proud of both units. They played every snap. Individually, I’m happy for both Jonathan and Jamaal. Jonathan has had two of the best outings of his career in our last two games. He continues to be a force in the middle of our offensive front. Jamaal was all over the field making big plays for us. He is getting better and better each week.”
Luigs anchored a dominant Arkansas offensive line that cleared the way for 297 yards rushing including two 100-yard rushers in Darren McFadden (145 yards) and Felix Jones (104). The Little Rock, Ark., native graded out at a team-high 94-percent, including a 95-percent clip on running plays. He played all 56 offensive snaps and racked up a team-high five knockdown blocks. Arkansas scored twice on the ground against the Tigers. Auburn entered the game as one of only two NCAA Division I-A teams that hadn’t allowed a rushing touchdown in 2006.
Anderson was the Razorbacks’ leading tackler on the defensive front against Auburn racking up a career-high 11 tackles and four quarterback hurries. The 11-tackle output matched his performance against Vanderbilt earlier this season. The former Little Rock Parkview standout tallied 2.5 tackles for loss (-18), including 1.5 sacks (-16). His half sack came on a key fourth down stop of the Tigers late in the third quarter. Anderson helped spearhead a Razorback defense that yielded only 60 rushing yards to the third-ranked rushing attack in the SEC.
Luigs and Anderson became the third and fourth Razorbacks honored by the SEC this season. Quarterback Mitch Mustain won freshman of the week honors after the Hogs’ win at Vanderbilt. Strong safety Randy Kelly was recognized by the league for his defensive efforts against No. 23 Alabama.