FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas left tackle Tony Ugoh has been named the Southeastern Conference’s Offensive Lineman of the Week following Saturday’s 31-14 victory over then-No. 13 Tennessee.
Arkansas won its ninth straight to improve to 9-1. The Razorbacks, who are the only undefeated team in Southeastern Conference play at 6-0, moved up to No. 5 in the Associated Press rankings and No. 6 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll.
Ugoh helped Arkansas gain 259 rushing yards and 166 passing yards for 425 yards of total offense. The Razorbacks averaged 5.8 yards per rush, 10.4 yards per pass attempt, 15.1 yards per pass completion and 7.0 yards per play.
Darren McFadden, who lined up at tailback, quarterback and receiver, ran for 181 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries while fellow sophomore Felix Jones gained 72 yards on 13 rushes.
Ugoh, a senior from Houston, played 65 snaps and graded out at 95 percent. He was 100 percent on pass protection and 93 percent on running plays. He also had seven knockdown blocks.
“The offensive line did a super job on Saturday,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “Tony had a terrific game and I’m happy for him. He’s having a great senior season. The entire line has done a good job all year and we need to continue getting those holes and that pass protection the rest of the season.”
Ugoh and his teammates have cleared the way for McFadden to gain 1,219 yards and 12 touchdowns on 197 carries. Jones has rushed for 786 yards and three touchdowns on just 101 attempts. As a team, Arkansas is averaging 240.9 rushing yards per game, which ranks fourth in the nation.
In the passing game, UA has thrown for 1,588 yards and 17 touchdowns while allowing the fewest sacks in the nation with six.
Ugoh is the ninth Razorback to be recognized by the SEC this season. Mitch Mustain was named freshman of the week following the Hogs’ win at Vanderbilt. Randy Kelly won defensive honors for his efforts in Arkansas’ double-overtime win over Alabama. Jonathan Luigs and Jamaal Anderson won offensive and defensive lineman of the week, respectively, in the wake of the Razorbacks’ upset of No. 2 Auburn.
Keith Jackson captured defensive lineman honors for his play against Southeast Missouri State. Felix Jones garnered special teams’ player of the week accolades for his 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Ole Miss. Senior Stephen Parker won offensive lineman of the week honors for his play against Louisiana-Monroe. Senior Anthony Brown earned special teams’ honors following the Hogs’ win at South Carolina.