FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas tailback Darren McFadden, defensive tackle Marcus Harrison and kickoff returner Felix Jones earned Hogwired.com Player of the Week honors for their performances in Arkansas’ 44-10 win over Mississippi State last weekend.
McFadden rushed for 165 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries against the Bulldogs. On his final carry of the day he busted loose for 64 yards to put him over the 1,000-yard rushing plateau for the season. McFadden is the first UA freshman and the seventh player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. He is also only the seventh freshman in Southeastern Conference history to rush for 1,000 yards in his first season. McFadden also set a new freshman record with his ninth and 10th touchdowns of the season breaking the old mark previously held by James Rouse (9) in 1985.
Harrison turned in one of the best games of his young career in leading the stingy Razorback defense. Harrison earned five tackles, including a tackle for loss (-1), and a team-high five quarterback hurries. He recovered a fumble in the first quarter and returned it 25 yards to set up an Arkansas touchdown. Harrison has racked up 37 tackles this season including five tackles for loss (-17). He leads the Razorbacks with 15 quarterback hurries. No other UA defender has more than 9 in that category.
Jones etched his name in the record books with one play against Mississippi State. The Tulsa, Okla., product raced 100 yards for a touchdown on a kickoff return in the second quarter. Jones became the seventh UA player and the first since Madre Hill in 1994 to take a kickoff the length of the field for a score. He is only the 31st player in SEC history and the 242nd player in the history of college football to accomplish the feat. With the benefit of his record-breaking return, Jones vaulted all the way into the national lead in kickoff returns with a 33.73 yard average. Jones earned a total of 171 all-purpose yards in the victory including 71 yards rushing on 10 carries.
McFadden picked up his seventh offensive player of the week honor while Harrison won the defensive award for the second time. Jones has won the special teams honor twice and offensive player of the week once this season.
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