FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas sophomore tailback Darren McFadden, junior defensive end Jamaal Anderson and junior cornerback Chris Houston were named 2006 All-Americans by Pro Football Weekly it was announced by the publication this week.
Pro Football Weekly recognizes a college football All-America team each season. The team was selected by PFW personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki, who consulted with NFL evaluators and put in hours of film study to select the players based on talent, production and value to their team.
Other All-America qualities such as leadership, resiliency, toughness, competitiveness and character were weighted heavily.
McFadden, who has been a consensus first-team All-American, was joined by Oregon’s Jonathan Stewart as first-team running backs. McFadden has rushed for a school-record 1,558 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2006. The Heisman Trophy runner-up also threw for three touchdowns and also caught a touchdown pass.
Anderson garnered honorable mention recognition after proving to be the premier pass rusher in the Southeastern Conference in 2006 with 11.0 sacks (-76) and 15.5 tackles for loss. He ranks 12th nationally in sacks per game with .85, while his 15.5 TFL rank 25th. Anderson also notched 60 tackles and a team-best 22 quarterback hurries.
Houston also received honorable mention honors after containing some of the best wide receivers in the nation. The junior held USC’s Dwayne Jarrett to the lowest receiving output of his career and stifled other standouts including Tennessee’s Robert Meachum, Auburn’s Courtney Taylor and Vanderbilt’s Earl Bennett. Houston has 43 tackles and two interceptions this season. He has also broken up 12 passes.
The Razorbacks have now had six players earn All-America recognition this season.