FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas football team had six members named All-SEC by the conference’s coaches, including two on the first team, as the teams were announced Tuesday.
Tight end D.J. Williams and offensive tackle DeMarcus Love were both named to the first team after both also were named Associated Press first-team All-SEC on Monday. Running back Knile Davis, who was an AP first teamer, quarterback Ryan Mallett, defensive end Jake Bequette and linebacker Jerry Franklin earned second-team acclaim. Mallett and Bequette also garnered second-team recognition by the Associated Press.
Williams, the first Mackey Award finalist in Arkansas history, leads all active NCAA tight ends with 147 career receptions and 1,817 receiving yards. His receptions total ranks second all-time at UA, while his receiving yards are 10th on the Razorbacks’ all-time list. The senior from Little Rock, Ark., leads this year’s team with 49 receptions for 589 yards and a single-season-high four touchdowns. His 4.1 receptions-per-game average ranks sixth in the SEC this season.
Love anchored the Arkansas offensive line that blocked for the first season with a 3,000-yard passer and a 1,000-yard rusher in school history. The Razorbacks are the only team in the country with a 3,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and five 500-yard receivers. Arkansas’ offense has already broken single-season school records for total offense yards (5,871), passing yards (4,061), passing touchdowns (34) and completions (277). The senior from Lancaster, Texas, owns the longest active starts streak on the team at 29.
Davis is just the 10th player in Arkansas history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. He currently ranks third in the SEC with 98.6 rushing yards per game, and his 6.6 yards-per-carry average is the highest among the top-10 rushers in the conference. The sophomore from Missouri City, Texas, also ranks third in the SEC with his average of 104.1 rushing yards per game in conference play. His 12 rushing touchdowns in SEC play ranks second in the conference, and his 13 rushing scores this season are sixth in the SEC. He has five 100-yard rushing games in 2010, including four straight to end the regular season, and has posted a career-high rushing total six times.
Mallett earns his second consecutive second-team honor from the coaches. The junior from Texarkana, Ark., is the fourth quarterback in SEC history to throw for 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in back-to-back seasons and just the third to eclipse 3,500 yards passing in two straight seasons. This season, he leads the SEC and ranks fifth in the NCAA with 299.3 passing yards per game. His 30 passing touchdowns lead the SEC and rank seventh in the country, and his 295.5 yards of total offense per game are second in the SEC and 13th in the nation.
Bequette leads the Razorbacks and ranks fifth in the SEC with 7.0 sacks this season, which is tied for eighth on UA’s single-season list. The junior from Little Rock, Ark., leads the team with five quarterback hurries and also has 8.0 tackles for loss, which are tied for third on the team in 2010. His 31 career starts are tops among all Razorback defensive linemen.
Franklin is tied for ninth in the SEC with his team-leading 93 tackles and is tied for seventh in the conference with his team-leading 12.5 tackles for loss. The junior from Marion, Ark., is looking to become the second Razorback since 1960 to lead the team in tackles three straight seasons. His year was highlighted by a 20-tackle performance in UA’s 38-31 win at No. 21 Mississippi State. The tackle total is the fourth-highest in the NCAA this season and most for Arkansas since 2002.
The eighth-ranked Razorbacks earned the first BCS bid in school history and will conclude their season in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4 against Ohio State. The game kicks off from inside the Louisiana Superdome at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.