FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas wide receiver Marcus Monk, linebacker Sam Olajubutu and deep snapper Brett Goode became the latest Razorbacks to garner Hogwired.com Player of the Week honors when the trio was recognized on Monday for their play in the Hogs’ road win at Vanderbilt last weekend.
Monk literally snared offensive honors while Olajubutu captured his second-consecutive defensive honor. Goode was named as the special teams’ honoree for the first time in his career.
Monk racked up five catches for a career-high 124 yards and one touchdown in the conference opener. The Lepanto, Ark., native hauled in a 56-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mitch Mustain on the Razorbacks’ opening offensive drive. The play marked a career long reception for Monk and ranked as the longest pass play by the Hogs since midway through the 2004 season. He also made a 41-yard reception to set up another Arkansas touchdown. Monk earned the first 100-yard game of his career and netted at least five passes in a game for the seventh time in his career. With a nine-yard catch on the Razorbacks’ first offensive play, Monk extended his reception streak to 25 games. He has caught at least one pass in every game as a Razorback.
Olajubutu continued his dominance in the middle of the Razorback defense. The pre-season All-America selection tallied a team-high 14 tackles, including eight solo stops and one tackle for loss (-3), in the Razorbacks’ victory. Olajubutu has now netted 12 or more tackles in all three games this season including 12 against USC and 13 against Utah State. He now owns 12 career double-digit tackle outings. He leads the Razorbacks through three games with 39 tackles for an average of 13 stops per game.
Goode was perfect on all of his snapping opportunities in Arkansas’ 21-19 conference win over Vanderbilt. The Fort Smith, Ark., product delivered the ball for five punts by senior Jacob Skinner. Skinner averaged 42.6 yards per kick and landed one punt inside the Commodores’ 20-yard line. Goode also snapped for three successful extra point attempts by sophomore Jeremy Davis.
Following each game this season, Hogwired.com will recognize an offensive, defensive and special teams player of the week. Recipients are chosen by the UA football coaching staff.