LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Arkansas’ game against Mississippi State on Saturday in Little Rock has been selected as the Paul Hornung Award Game of the Week as it features Paul Hornung Award Watch List members Joe Adams and Chad Bumphis, as well as Paul Hornung Weekly Honor Roll honoree Dennis Johnson.
The Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse, is awarded annually by the Louisville Sports Commission to the most versatile player in major college football.
"We played fast. We played physical. We made plays in all three phases of the game," Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said in reviewing the Razorbacks’ most recent win against Tennessee. "The big plays were something that helped us tremendously."
Adams leads the NCAA with three punt return touchdowns, tied for the third-highest single-season total in SEC history. He recorded two vs. Missouri State and added another vs. Tennessee. His 17.9 yards per return leads the NCAA. Adams is also fourth in the SEC with his average of 4.3 receptions per game and seventh with 56.8 receiving yards per game.
The Razorbacks head to Little Rock this week looking for their first undefeated home season since 1999, wrapping up a three-game home stretch that in the first two games saw them defeat South Carolina and Tennessee by a combined score of 93-35. Arkansas has won six games in a row, tied for the eighth-longest current winning streak in the NCAA, and 10 straight games at home, which is the eighth-longest active streak in the country.
Johnson was selected to the Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll after piling up 252 all-purpose yards in the Razorbacks’ 44-28 defeat of 10th-ranked South Carolina on Nov. 5. He returned two kickoffs for 130 yards, including a 98-yard touchdown, rushed 15 times for a game-high 86 yards and tied for the game high with four receptions for 36 yards. Johnson’s kickoff return touchdown was the longest of his career and tied for the 10th-longest kickoff return touchdown in school history.
Bumphis has shown versatility for the Bulldogs throughout the 2011 season. He has posted 22 catches for 337 yards and three touchdowns. He also had six carries for 38 yards and four punt returns for 84 yards and a touchdown. He is one of the most prolific wide receivers in Bulldog history, currently ranking sixth on the Mississippi State career touchdown reception list.
Fan Voting Continues: A total of 61 players are listed at votepaulhornung.com where voting for finalists of the Paul Hornung Award will continue until December 4. Fans can vote once daily to help select the finalists on the Facebook page powered by Texas Roadhouse. Although all players in FBS are eligible for the award, fans can currently vote for 61 players eligible for fan voting on the Facebook page. To be eligible for fan voting, a player must be selected to the Weekly Honor Roll or be a member of the preseason watch list.