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Four Razorbacks On True Freshman All-American Team

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Press Release University of Arkansas:

Four Razorbacks were named to theTrue Freshman All-American Team by 247Sports, it was announced Monday.

 

Running back Alex Collins, tight end Hunter Henry and offensiveguard Dan Skipper earned first-team recognition, and offensive guard DenverKirkland was a second-team selection. Arkansas is the only school in the nationwith three representatives on the first-team offense, and the Razorbacks' threefirst-team selections are tied with Ole Miss for the most in the nation.Arkansas also tied for the national lead with four members of the team, sharingthe top spot with UCLA and Ole Miss.

 

Collins, the Associated Press' SEC Freshman of the Year, afreshman All-American and a member of the SEC All-Freshman Team, is the firstfreshman in SEC history to begin his career with three straight 100-yardrushing games. The Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., native is the conference's 10th truefreshman to rush for 1,000 yards. He finished the year with 1,026 yards andfour touchdowns on 190 carries and added 63 yards on 11 receptions for ateam-high 1,089 all-purpose yards. His rushing yards are the most by a freshmanin the NCAA this season, and he ranks seventh in the SEC with an average of85.50 rushing yards per game. Collins leads the SEC and ranks 10th in the NCAAwith 355 rushing yards in the fourth quarter, and his 382 rushing yards againstranked opponents are 12th in the nation. His four 100-yard rushing games aresecond in school history among freshmen, trailing only Darren McFadden's five.

 

Henry has also been named to the second-team All-SEC by theAssociated Press and Athlon, a freshman All-American by Sporting News and tothe SEC All-Freshman Team. He appeared in all 12 games and made seven starts.The Little Rock, Ark., native tied for the team lead with four receivingtouchdowns and ranked second on the team with 28 receptions for 409 yards. Hisreceiving yards total ranks second among NCAA freshmen tight ends and 20thoverall at his position. He is the only tight end in the SEC and one of threefreshmen in the conference with a 100-yard receiving game, totaling 109 yardsvs. No. 10 Texas A&M. He ranks first among SEC tight ends and fourthoverall in the conference by gaining a first down on 78.6 percent of hisreceptions, and his average of 14.6 yards per catch ranks second among theconference's tight ends.

 

Skipper and Kirkland both started the final eight games of the seasonat guard. They blocked as Collins and Jonathan Williams became the secondRazorback duo to each reach at least 900 rushing yards in one season. Theoffensive line also broke the single-season school record by only allowing 8.0sacks. Arkansas leads the SEC and is tied for second in the NCAA with anaverage of 0.67 sacks allowed per game. The Razorbacks' average of one sackallowed for every 37.63 pass attempts is the best in the conference and seventhin the nation.

 

Skipper recorded a single-season school-record three blocked fieldgoals. The Arvada, Colo., native leads the SEC and is tied for second in theNCAA in blocked kicks. In his first start, vs. No. 10 Texas A&M, he earneda grade of 80 percent while playing all 70 snaps. At Ole Miss, he recorded ateam-high eight knockdown blocks. Against No. 14 South Carolina, Kirklandgraded at 90 percent and registered four knockdown blocks. The Miami nativerecorded 11 knockdown blocks vs. No. 8 Auburn.

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