Trey Flowers announced Monday he will be staying in Fayetteville for his senior season instead of leaving early to enter the NFL Draft.
He said he received a 3rd round grade from the NFLDraft Advisory Board and that he still has goals to accomplish at Arkansas. It will be the first time he's played for the same coach two years in a row.
Here's a rundown of his accolades and stats from ArkansasRazorbacks.com, which he'll hopefully add to in 2014:
Flowers received All-SEC accolades for the second time in his career after being named to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2011. The Huntsville, Ala., native finished the 2013 season with 13.5 tackles for loss, which is tied for second in the SEC and for 46th nationally. He recorded 9.5 tackles for loss in conference play, which ranked fourth in the SEC. Flowers also ranked fourth in the conference and tied for 20th in the country with three forced fumbles. Through his first three seasons as a Razorback, Flowers has 32.0 tackles for loss, which is tied for 11th on the school's career list. Along with his 13.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles, Flowers also added 5.0 sacks, 44 total tackles, one interception, two pass breakups and five quarterback hurries in 2013.
With the graduation of fellow defensive end Chris Smith, it's clearly a big win for the Hogs to bring back someone who will be a clear leader on the defensive line next season. And Arkansas did play a few redshirt freshmen at the position in 2013 who will presumably get the chance to start alongside Flowers in 2014.
Brandon Lewis played in 10 games and made 13 tackles and two sacks
JaMichael Winston played in six games and made four tackles.
And, of course, we'd be remiss if we didn't list Deatrich Wise, Jr, who played in nine games, made 17 tackles, two sacks, and one of the few genuinely fun moments we'll remember from 2013:
In short, particularly with Flowers returning, Arkansas fans can expect defensive line to be one of the team's strengths next season.