FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas was one of seven teams to have two players capture midseason All-America honors from Rivals.com on Wednesday with Darren McFadden and Felix Jones garnering first-team recognition.
McFadden was named to the first team as a running back after compiling 779 yards rushing and seven touchdowns through the first five games of the season. Jones, one of the elite running backs in the country in his own right, was tabbed as the nation’s top kickoff returner, averaging 34.4 yards per return and two touchdowns.
“It is great to see both of these guys getting recognition for their unbelievable talent, and what they bring to our football team,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “These two guys have worked together to help us win a lot of football games over the past three years. It is nice to see them honored for what they have done for our program.”
McFadden ranks third nationally in rushing yards per game at 155.8 and has tied a school record for consecutive 100-yard game with five. The junior from Little Rock is also just 32 yards shy of breaking the UA career rushing record.
Jones’ two kickoff returns for touchdowns are tied for the national lead, while his 34.4 yards per return ranks fourth. He is the Southeastern Conference’s career leader in kickoff return average at 28.8 ypr. At tailback, Jones ranks eighth nationally in rushing at 126.2 yards per game and leads the country in yards per rush at an astounding 10.5 yards per tote.
The Razorbacks joined Oklahoma, LSU, Boston College, Michigan, Ohio State and Southern California as teams with multiple honorees.