FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Following Arkansas’ 38-28 victory at then-No. 5 Texas on Saturday, senior linebacker Caleb Miller has been named the Southeastern Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week.
Miller, from Sulphur Springs, Texas, played 65 snaps in the game and recorded a team-high 11 tackles with two tackles for loss, a quarterback sack and a fumble recovery.
“I’m really happy for Caleb to be recognized,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “We had a lot of heroes out there last week and he was right there at the top of the list. He played 65 snaps, gave an all-out effort and was all over the field. He deserves to be SEC Defensive Player of the Week.”
Miller’s fumble recovery halted a Longhorn drive that had reached the Arkansas 10-yard line, and he spearheaded a defense that limited Texas to just 62 rushing yards on 29 carries.
The win snapped Texas’ 20-game home winning streak and marked the highest ranked non-conference road victory for an SEC member since Tennessee won at No. 5 Notre Dame, 35-34, in 1991. It also pushed Arkansas into the national rankings. The Razorbacks are No. 14 in the Associated Press poll and No. 18 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll.
The game is the eighth double-figure tackle game of Miller’s career. He now has 15 tackles and three tackles for loss for the season and 250 tackles for his career.
Arkansas had two SEC defensive award winners last year. Ken Hamlin earned the honor for the LSU game and Tony Bua for the Boise State game.