FAYETTEVILLE – Seven members of the Arkansas football team were included on the Phil Steele Midseason All-SEC teams released Wednesday.
Three Razorbacks were first-team selections, tying Arkansas with LSU and Georgia for the second-most first-team performers in the conference, and the seven total selections tied with Florida for the fourth-highest total.
Center Travis Swanson, defensive end Chris Smith and kicker Zach Hocker, all seniors, were named first-team all-conference performers at the season’s midway point. The second team featured freshman tight end Hunter Henry and junior defensive end Trey Flowers, while the third team included freshman running back Alex Collins and senior linebacker Jarrett Lake.
Swanson has started all 45 games of his collegiate career, tied for the second-longest active streak in the country, and anchors the offensive line that ranks 10th in the nation in sacks allowed. Smith leads the SEC and is seventh in the NCAA in sacks and also leads the conference in sack yards and tackle for loss yards while ranking third in the conference and 22nd in the nation in tackles for loss. Hocker is one of 20 kickers in the NCAA that is perfect on field goal attempts this season, and his eight made field goals are tied for the fourth-highest total among kickers without a miss.
Henry, who was named to the John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List on Tuesday, is the only SEC tight end with a 100-yard receiving game this season and currently leads all NCAA freshmen tight ends in receiving yards. Flowers ranks second in the SEC and 16th in the NCAA in tackles for loss, fourth in the conference and 23rd in the country in tackles for loss yards and is tied for fifth in the SEC in sacks.
Collins is the first freshman in SEC history to begin his collegiate career with three straight 100-yard rushing games and the first FBS true freshman to accomplish the feat since Oklahoma’s Adrian Peterson in 2004. Collins is the only freshman in the nation averaging at least 100.0 rushing yards per game and ranks second in the SEC and 11th in the NCAA in rushing yards. Lake’s 51 tackles, including a career-high 13 vs. Southern Miss, lead the Razorbacks and rank fifth in the SEC.
Arkansas wraps up its run of eight straight games to start the season with a trip to Alabama for a 6 p.m. kickoff Saturday on ESPN.For more information on Arkansas football, follow @RazorbackFB on Twitter.