For the second straight year, a strong "Novembert" has Arkansas going into bowl season with a ton of momentum. That momentum has showed up at the box office. Hog fans have shown a high demand for tickets, swooping up nearly 17,000 of them and forcing the university to make extra tickets available. This is the second straight year the bowl season has been kind to Arkansas logistically. Memphis is obviously a quick trip for many Arkansans and there are plenty of Hog fans in Memphis so this demand isn't surprising. It will be nice to see that the Liberty Bowl should have plenty of Razorback Red.
Hunter Henry's been racking up plenty of awards this season, but he's not alone. Linebacker Dre Greenlaw was named to the Sporting News' Freshman All-America team this week. Hopefully it's an indication he can look forward to a tremendous career over the coming seasons. The only player to win SEC Freshman of the Week twice this season, Greenlaw played in all 12 regular season games and started the last 10 contests. The Fayetteville native led all SEC freshmen with 93 tackles – good for fifth among freshmen nationally and 12th overall in the SEC. Greenlaw led the Razorbacks in tackles five times after entering the starting lineup in week three. Included in Greenlaw’s five team-leading performances were four double-digit tackle efforts.
One of the things that put Henry on the map was the play against Ole Miss, which also was snubbed for play of the year by the way. No one really knew it at the time but that play had a huge impact on the college football playoff. In NewsOK's playoff preview they talk about how Henry not completing that play could have sent the selection process into a complete tailspin. We have no way of knowing if Alabama would have been able to make the playoff without a conference championship, or if Ole Miss would have been selected, but Henry undoubtedly had a huge impact on college football this season.
Right now, college football is in their recruiting dead period, making now a good time to reflect on how Arkansas has done recruiting wise so far. Saturday Down South has recruiting grades for the Hogs right now. So far the grades are pretty favorable as the Hogs are filling holes in a lot of different positions. One spot of need that is still pointed out is the secondary. Another quality recruit or two in that area would go a long way.