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The Daily Call – Dec. 18, 2013

The Daily Call – Dec. 18, 2013

Welcome to today’s Daily Call

With @RazorbackWBB off to a red-hot 11-0 start, head coach Tom Collen took the podium for another interactive luncheon on Monday. Yesterday’s festivities featured an update from the Razorback Foundation’s Elizabeth Sullivan on the new Basketball Performance Center and a quite informative Q&A with freshmen Khadijah West, Ana-Carlota Faussurier, and Bria Pitts.

My highlight was learning a certain extra incentive that the coaching staff uses to entice players to take charges. Early in the season, they apparently didn’t seem too keen on getting in front and dealing with that tough contact. So, the staff started awarding a Nestle Crunch chocolate bar to each player that took a charge in a game. According to assistant Amber Shirey, each student-athlete is now more than excited to end up on the floor!

Collen has been quite impressed with the perfect start – not because of the number of wins, but by the way they have come. Arkansas has made it look almost effortless out there, boasting the nation’s top scoring defense and averaging over 32 points better than its opponents. Collen said there have been seasons where his teams have gotten off to good starts, but played down to their competition at times. That’s not even close to the case this season.

The Hogs hope to keep up that dominance when they host Tennessee Tech on Friday at 7PM at Bud Walton Arena. It’s the last opportunity to see the Razorbacks in action before the Christmas break, so grab those tickets! Can’t wait to see you out at the game. Please don’t hesitate to come up and say hello.

Go Hogs! — As always, hit me up on Twitter (@arperlman) with any thoughts/questions/concerns/comments. Until next time…

@RazorbackGYM Floor Music Reveal

Erin Frier Floor Music:

Hello Zepp from the Saw movies.

Erin’s Tumbling Passes:

1st pass: Round off + back handspring + double pike

2nd pass: Round off + back handspring + double tuck

3rd pass: Switch ring leap + cat leap 1.5

4th pass: Front handspring + front layout 1/1

Erin’s Thoughts On Her Music:

"My coaches and I chose this music for its eerie and dramatic tones," sophomore Erin Freier said. "We believe that my dance skills and routine really sync with this music and it adds to my performance."

Hocker Accepts Invitation To East-West Shrine Game Zach Hocker will participate in the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Jan. 18, it was announced yesterday. Hocker served as Arkansas’ kicker each of the last four seasons and holds school career records for points, points by a kicker, field goal percentage, PATs made, PAT attempts and field goals made. The East-West Shrine Game, the longest running college all-star game in the country, is played in Tropicana Field with a 3 p.m. kickoff on NFL Network.

All-time leading scorer @zhocker18 has accepted an invite to @Shrine_Game Jan. 18 in St. Petersburg, FL #NeverYield

– Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) December 17, 2013

Swanson Gets Fourth All-America Mention Travis Swanson was named an honorable-mention All-American by Sports Illustrated yesterday. Swanson has also been named a first-team All-American by USA Today and SB Nation and a second-team All-American by College Sports Madness. Swanson is the first Razorback to start 50 straight games and one of just two with 50 starts in a career. He also was a Rimington Trophy finalist and has been named to numerous All-SEC teams. Swanson will put on the Arkansas helmet for the final time at the 2014 Senior Bowl, as he has accepted an invitation to 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.

Travis Swanson (@Tswan64) adds 4th All-America nod with honorable-mention selection by @SInow #NeverYield

– Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) December 17, 2013

Collins Included On List of Potential 2014 Heisman Candidates Arkansas running back Alex Collins put together one of the best seasons for a freshman running back in SEC history this season and is gaining notice among candidates for the 2014 Heisman Trophy. Collins is the first SEC freshman to begin his career with three straight 100-yard rushing games, and he is the 10th true freshman in SEC history to rush for 1,000 yards. The Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., native was named SEC Freshman of the Year, a freshman All-American and to the SEC All-Freshman team after he finished the 2013 season with 1,026 yards on 190 carries and 63 yards on 11 receptions for a team-high 1,089 all-purpose yards. To see the Huffington Post’s complete list of candidates, click here.

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