Freshman Awards – Thanks to a pair of stellar performances last week, freshman forward Bobby Portis earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors. Portis averaged nearly 15 points, five rebounds and three assists in the rout of Southeastern Louisiana and Clemson. After a somewhat sluggish start to his career at Arkansas, Portis has elevated his game in a big way, especially since the California game in which he tallied just one rebound. Freshman Jessica Jackson also earned her second SEC Frosh of the Week honors for her play against Kansas and Northwestern State.
BMFP Snubbed – Sometimes life just isn't fair. And if you're Bobby Petrino, you probably believe that wholeheartedly. For the second time in three seasons, Western Kentucky (8-4) will be snubbed from participating in a bowl game. Petrino's Western Kentucky squad set a school record for FBS wins in a season, but will stay home during bowl season. WKU's probable bowl game was the GoDaddy Bowl, but a 7-5 Arkansas State – a team BMFP defeated this season – got the nod instead. It's a cold world, Bobby.
Ty Storey – 2015 football commit Ty Storey got bad news when he was told his Charleston Tigers' state semifinal playoff game was postponed due to weather. But the junior's mood would quickly turn around after finding out he was named the Arkansas Gatorade State Player of the Year for his performances. Storey is coming off his best game of the season – a 519 yard, seven touchdown passing performance against defending state champion Harding Academy.
Alex Collins – We all had an idea that Collins would be awarded for his on-field efforts following a season in which he became just the 10th SEC freshman back to rush for 1,000 yards in his first year on campus. Arkansas now has two of those ten running backs. The other one plays for the Oakland Raiders, and drove this pimpin' ride while he was in school. No doubt, Collins is the real deal, and possibly the next big thing for Arkansas. He's a great foundation to build a program on.