It's the most
wonderful fun decent adequate overblown time of the year! It's preseason magazine recognition hype season!
Phil Steele, regarded by many as the king of college football preseason magazines (but he has no dragons, so, it's all kinda iffy), published his All-Conference and All-America teams Monday morning. Six Razorbacks made his All-SEC team and Hunter Henry earned 4th Team All-America recognition at tight end.
Alex Collins, Denver Kirkland, and Dan Skipper all made 2nd Team All-SEC while Henry, Jonathan Williams, and Sebastian Tretola all made 3rd Team All-SEC.
There are some notable Hogs who missed the cut. One could certainly make a case Brandon Allen should be on 3rd or 4th team. Keon Hatcher is not among the 12 receivers honored. Frank Ragnow out. The entire Arkansas defense is off the list. Hard to believe Brooks Ellis isn't among the 16 best linebackers in the league. I wouldn't be surprised if Henre' Toliver ends up on some of these lists by the end of the year.
So there you have it. Arkansas' offensive line, running backs, and tight end represented and we all know those three units are the strength of the team.
If you're upset you're favorite player didn't make it, you're absolutely right. Tell us all about it. Which absence do you think is most egregious?
Here's a list of the six honorees accomplishments thus far, according to UA:
Entering his junior season, Henry has become one of the nation’s best tight ends in just two years. As a sophomore, the Little Rock, Arkansas native caught 37 passes for 513 yards and was named All-SEC second team by the conference’s coaches. His marks in receptions and receiving yards both ranked third among the league’s tight ends.
Collins rushed for 1,100 yards on 204 carries in 2014, joining Williams as the only pair of FBS teammates to each rush for 1,000 yards last season. It was the second consecutive season Collins topped the 1,000-yard plateau as he became just the second Razorback (Darren McFadden) to begin his career with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. After just two years, Collins ranks 14th in school history with 2,126 career rushing yards.
At 6-foot-10, Skipper is an imposing presence on the Razorback offensive line. He started all 13 games at left tackle last year, helping the offensive line lead the SEC with just 14 sacks allowed. This offseason he embraced a move to right tackle for the 2015 season. Last year he earned Associated Press All-SEC honorable mention honors after leading the team’s offensive linemen with an 80 percent grade playing more than 700 total snaps.
Kirkland started all 13 contests at right guard in 2014 and was dominant, allowing just one sack. He was only penalized three times despite playing a team-high 750-plus snaps. Kirkland tied for second on the team with a 79 percent overall grade. The junior will slide out to left tackle in the 2015 season.
After having the best year of his career in 2014, Williams decided to return for his senior season. The Allen, Texas native rushed for 1,190 yards last season, the eight-best mark in school history and earned second team All-SEC honors by AP. Williams joining Collins as the only pair of FBS teammates to top 1,000 yards in 2014. He enters 2015 ranked No. 10 in school history with 2,321 career rushing yards and sixth with a 5.72 yards per rush average.
A junior college transfer in 2014, Tretola made his presence felt almost immediately, starting at left guard for the final 11 games of the 2014 season. He did not allow a sack in over 690 snaps and averaged a grade of 79 percent, tied for the second-best on the team. A devastating run blocker, Tretola also showed his athleticism when he threw a 6-yard touchdown pass on a fake field goal against UAB.