FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Freshman tailback Darren McFadden, freshman defensive end Zach Snider and sophomore middle linebacker Weston Dacus were each named Hogwired.com Players of Week after their outstanding performances in Arkansas’ win 44-15 over Louisiana-Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.
McFadden rushed for a career-high 125 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries against the Indians. He boasted an 11.4 yards per carry average and it was the first 100-yard rushing effort of his career.
The North Little Rock, Ark., native teamed with Felix Jones to become the first true freshman running back duo in UA history to rush for 100 yards in the same game. McFadden’s 125-yard output tied for the fifth-best rushing game by a true freshman in school history. He now leads the team in rushing with 384 yards and four touchdowns on 42 carries. His 76.8 yards per game on the ground ranks sixth in the SEC and 56th in the nation.
In addition to excelling at the tailback position McFadden also returned a second half kickoff for 64 yards to the ULM 26-yard line to set up a UA touchdown. This is the third-straight week McFadden has earned Hogwired.com’s weekly honor.
Snider earned a career-high six tackles including two tackles for loss (-9) in Arkansas’ victory over ULM. His two tackles for loss led the team and was a career high. He also recorded the first sack of his career (-7) against the Indians and picked up two quarterback hurries.
The Tulsa, Okla., native was part of a UA defensive effort that allowed only seven ULM offensive points on the night. The Indians’ only offensive touchdown came with less than a minute to play.
Dacus registered a team-high four special teams tackles and forced a fumble on a ULM kickoff. In the first quarter he made a jarring hit on ULM kickoff returner Mason Denham that caused a fumble and was recovered by UA’s John Johnson. The play was a key swing in momentum as ULM had just scored a safety to cut the UA lead to 3-2.