FAYETTEVILLE – Seven different Razorbacks earned postseason recognition from Phil Steele, who released his All-American, All-SEC and Freshman All-American teams Friday.
Center Travis Swanson earned fourth-team All-American and first-team All-SEC honors. He was joined on the All-SEC team by second-team selections tight end Hunter Henry, defensive end Chris Smith and kicker Zach Hocker and third-team honoree defensive end Trey Flowers. Henry was also named a first-team Freshman All-American along with running back Alex Collins. Offensive guard Dan Skipper earned second-team Freshman All-America acclaim.
The honor is Swanson’s fourth All-America recognition this season. Swanson earned a grade of 80 percent or higher eight times, including 90 percent vs. No. 10 Texas A&M, and registered 74 knockdown blocks in 2013. The Kingwood, Texas, native led an offensive line that blocked as Collins became the 10th true freshman in SEC history to rush for 1,000 yards and as Collins and Jonathan Williams became the second Razorback duo to each reach at least 900 rushing yards in one season. The offensive line, which featured two true freshmen starting the final eight games, also broke the single-season school record by only allowing 8.0 sacks. Arkansas leads the SEC and is tied for second in the NCAA with an average of 0.67 sacks allowed per game. The Razorbacks’ average of one sack allowed for every 37.63 pass attempts is the best in the conference and seventh in the nation.
Henry has also been named second-team All-SEC by the Associated Press and Athlon, a freshman All-American by Sporting News and to the SEC All-Freshman Team. He appeared in all 12 games and made seven starts. The Little Rock, Ark., native tied for the team lead with four receiving touchdowns and ranked second on the team with 28 receptions for 409 yards. His receiving yards total ranks second among NCAA freshmen tight ends and 20th overall at his position. He is the only tight end in the SEC and one of three freshmen in the conference with a 100-yard receiving game, totaling 109 yards vs. No. 10 Texas A&M. He ranks first among SEC tight ends and fourth overall in the conference by gaining a first down on 78.6 percent of his receptions, and his average of 14.6 yards per catch ranks second among the conference’s tight ends.
Smith also was a second-team All-SEC selection by the conference’s coaches. A native of Mount Ulla, N.C., he is tied for third in the SEC and for 26th nationally with 8.5 sacks and is 16th in the country with 71 sack yards. His sack total is tied for the eighth-most in a single season in school history. Smith also ranks seventh in the conference with 11.5 tackles for loss. He finished his Arkansas career with 21.5 sacks, which ranks as the fourth-highest total in school history. Smith finished the season with 36 total tackles, six quarterback hurries, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery. Smith has accepted an invitation to the 2014 Senior Bowl and will join Swanson as they participate in the nation’s top showcase of senior talent for NFL evaluators with a week of practices leading up to the Jan. 25 game in Mobile, Ala.
Hocker also was included on the Associated Press All-SEC second team after completing his career holding school records for points and points by a kicker with 354, field goal percentage at 77.2 percent, PATs made with 171, PAT attempts with 173 and 61 made field goals. He also ranks sixth on the SEC’s career PATs made list, seventh in PAT attempts, eighth in points scored and tied for 10th in field goals made. This season, the Russellville, Ark., native scored 67 points, 28-of-28 on PATs and 13-of-15 on field goals. Three of his field goals rank among the 15 longest in school history, including a 54 yarder that is tied for the eighth-longest by a Razorback. Hocker also kicked off 50 times, averaging 63.2 yards per kickoff with 34 touchbacks. His touchback percentage of 68 percent ranks second in the SEC and fifth in the NCAA, and his average is fourth in the conference and 18th in the nation.
Flowers received All-SEC accolades for the second time in his career after being named to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2011. The Huntsville, Ala., native finished the 2013 season with 13.5 tackles for loss, which is tied for second in the SEC and for 46th nationally. He recorded 9.5 tackles for loss in conference play, which ranked fourth in the SEC. Flowers also ranked fourth in the conference and tied for 20th in the country with three forced fumbles. Through his first three seasons as a Razorback, Flowers has 32.0 tackles for loss, which is tied for 11th on the school’s career list. Along with his 13.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles, Flowers also added 5.0 sacks, 44 total tackles, one interception, two pass breakups and five quarterback hurries in 2013.
Collins, the Associated Press’ SEC Freshman of the Year, a freshman All-American and a member of the SEC All-Freshman Team, is the first freshman in SEC history to begin his career with three straight 100-yard rushing games. The Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., native is the conference’s 10th true freshman to rush for 1,000 yards. He finished the year with 1,026 yards and four touchdowns on 190 carries and added 63 yards on 11 receptions for a team-high 1,089 all-purpose yards. His rushing yards are the most by a freshman in the NCAA this season, and he ranks seventh in the SEC with an average of 85.50 rushing yards per game. Collins leads the SEC and ranks 10th in the NCAA with 355 rushing yards in the fourth quarter, and his 382 rushing yards against ranked opponents are 12th in the nation. His four 100-yard rushing games are second in school history among freshmen, trailing only Darren McFadden’s five.
Skipper started the final eight games of the season at guard and also recorded a single-season school-record three blocked field goals. He leads the SEC and is tied for second in the NCAA in blocked kicks. The Arvada, Colo., native blocked as Collins and Jonathan Williams became the second Razorback duo to each reach at least 900 rushing yards in one season. The offensive line also broke the single-season school record by only allowing 8.0 sacks. Arkansas leads the SEC and is tied for second in the NCAA with an average of 0.67 sacks allowed per game. The Razorbacks’ average of one sack allowed for every 37.63 pass attempts is the best in the conference and seventh in the nation. In his first start, vs. No. 10 Texas A&M, he earned a grade of 80 percent while playing all 70 snaps. At Ole Miss, he recorded a team-high eight knockdown blocks.
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