FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas football team had three student-athletes recognized by SI.com on its All-America team, which was released Tuesday.
Wide receiver/punt returner Joe Adams was named the second-team All-American punt returner, while quarterback Tyler Wilson and defensive end Jake Bequette earned honorable-mention All-America acclaim at their respective positions.
One of the most versatile and dynamic players in college football, Adams leads the country with three punt return touchdowns and an average of 16.19 yards per punt return. The Little Rock, Ark., native is the only player in the NCAA with rushing, receiving and multiple punt return touchdowns in 2011. His career total of four punt return touchdowns is tied for the lead among all active players nationally and tied for fourth all-time in the SEC. Adams ranks tied for second on the SEC’s single-season punt return touchdown list, one behind the conference’s single-season record. Adams has also been named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Year and slated as an All-American by the Football Writers Association, Walter Camp and Pro Football Weekly.
Wilson became the first Arkansas quarterback to be named first-team All-SEC and the Razorbacks’ first first-team all-conference quarterback since Quinn Grovey earned first-team All-Southwest Conference honors in 1988 when he appeared on the AP and Coach’s first team. The Greenwood, Ark., native is the second player in UA history to record 3,000 passing yards in a season. Wilson leads the SEC and ranks 14th nationally with an average of 285.2 passing yards per game. Wilson has a passing efficiency rating of 148.66, which is second in the league and 21st in the country. Wilson ranks second on Arkansas’ single-season completions list with 257 completions, third on the UA single-season passing yards list with 3,422 yards and fourth on Arkansas’ single-season passing touchdowns list with 22.
Bequette leads the Razorback defense with 8.0 sacks and ranks second in the SEC and seventh nationally with 0.89 sacks per game (8.0 in nine games this season). The Little Rock, Ark., native is second in the SEC and seventh in the country with 0.44 forced fumbles per game. A finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, Bequette also added four quarterback hurries, which is tied for third on the team. For his career, Bequette leads all active SEC players and ranks third on Arkansas’ all-time career sacks list with 21.5 sacks.
Arkansas wraps up the 2011 season Jan. 6 in the 76th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic when the Razorbacks, who finished sixth in the BCS standings, take on Kansas State, which was eighth in the final BCS standings, inside Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The game will air on Fox beginning at 7 p.m.