FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas football team had four members named to the SEC All-Freshman Team, as voted by the conference’s coaches, it was announced Thursday.
Offensive guard Alvin Bailey, center Travis Swanson, kicker Zach Hocker and defensive tackle Byran Jones were named among the best freshmen in the SEC at their position.
Bailey and Swanson each started all 12 games in the regular season for the Razorbacks, blocking for the first season in school history with a 3,000-yard passer and a 1,000-yard rusher. Hailing from Broken Arrow, Okla., and Kingwood, Texas, respectively, Bailey and Swanson were the only non-seniors to start on the offensive line. They joined three seniors to pave the way for an offense that leads the SEC and ranks third in the NCAA with 338.4 passing yards per game and ranks 10th in the country with 489.3 yards of total offense per game. The offense has already broken Arkansas single-season records with 5,871 yards of total offense, 4,061 passing yards, 34 passing touchdowns and 277 completions.
Hocker is a perfect 55-for-55 on point after touchdown attempts this season and 13-for-16 on field goals to total 94 points. His PAT total is the third-highest single-season mark in program history, and his point total ranks eighth in the SEC this season. The Russellville, Ark., native scored points in all 12 games, including a 51-yard field goal at South Carolina that is the longest by a freshman in Arkansas history and the longest by any Razorback since 1988.
Jones appeared in 10 games with five starts. He was Arkansas’ starting nose guard in all four October games, as well as the regular-season finale against No. 6 LSU. The Junction City, Ark., native made an immediate impact, registering his season-high of five tackles in the Razorbacks’ season-opening victory against Tennessee Tech. His season total of 23 tackles, which includes one full tackle for a loss, ranks fifth among UA’s defensive linemen.
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 No. 6 Ohio State. The game kicks off from inside the Louisiana Superdome at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.