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Dan Skipper, Rawleigh Williams, Brooks Ellis Earn SEC Honors

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Skipper and Williams earn All-SEC honors while Ellis is named Scholar-Athlete of the Year

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The coaches released their All-SEC teams earlier this week. Dan Skipper earned 1st team recognition and Rawleigh Williams earned 2nd team. How many times has the SEC’s leading rusher not earned 1st team? I don’t know. No issues wither Derrius Guice being 1st team, but Kamryn Pettway is a stretch to me. He missed four games this season and finished with 200 fewer yards and 5 fewer touchdowns than Williams. But I digress.

It was also somewhat surprising that Frank Ragnow didn’t at least get 2nd team. He’s been discussed among the best centers in the country this year. I’d also be curious to know if Austin Allen got any votes. Oh well.

On Skipper and Williams from UA:

Skipper is the 10th offensive lineman in program history to be named to the Coaches All-SEC first team while Williams’ SEC-leading 1,326 rushing yards earned him a spot on the second team.

A three-time SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week, Skipper’s first team honor follows a junior campaign in 2015 in which he was named to the All-SEC second team by the league coaches and Associated Press. Williams is the ninth different Arkansas running back to earn All-SEC status from the coaches.

Skipper recently accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game held in January after a senior campaign in which he started all 12 regular season games at left tackle. One of two players to be named SEC Lineman of the Week twice this season, Skipper helped pave the way for Williams to capture the SEC regular season rushing title with 1,326 yards on the ground while junior quarterback Austin Allen has thrown for 3,152 yards, including a league-best 2,291 in conference play. Arkansas is one of nine FBS teams with a 1,300-yard rusher and 3,000-yard passer. All three of Skipper’s career offensive lineman of the week awards came over the last 16 weeks of SEC regular season action while he also added a SEC Special Teams Player of the Week accolade to his collection this season.

One of just sixth offensive lineman in Arkansas history to earn All-SEC honors twice in his career, Skipper enters Arkansas Belk Bowl appearance with 46 consecutive starts along the offensive line. Of those 46 starts, 25 have come at left tackle, 13 at right tackle and eight at left guard.

Williams became just the 13th running back in SEC history to win the league’s Offensive Player of the Week nod three times in a season. His third SEC weekly award of 2016 came after a career-high 205 rushing yards and four touchdowns in a win at Mississippi State. Not only did Williams become the fourth player in Arkansas history to rush for 200 yards in an SEC game, but he also threw a touchdown pass to go along with his four scores on the ground. Williams is the only non-QB in college football this season to rush for four touchdowns and pass for a TD in the same game.

After missing the final six games of his freshman campaign in 2015 due to a neck injury, Williams has reached the 100-yard plateau on the ground in a league-best seven games in 2016, while his 1,326 yards are fifth-best in program single-season history. The Dallas native also has over a 200-yard lead on the rest of the SEC in yards from scrimmage (1,553) while adding 12 total touchdowns.

Senior linebacker Brooks Ellis was named SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He’s somehow managed to be a starter in the SEC since he was a freshman while also being in pre-med. Seriously impressive. From UA:

Ellis is the first player in program history to earn the honor since the award’s inception in 2003. The honor comes less than a week after Ellis became the first Arkansas football student-athlete in school history to earn Academic All-America honors twice in a career as he was named to the 2016 Academic All-America Division I football team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Dec. 1.

A three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member and two-year team captain, Ellis carries a 3.82 GPA as a pre-professional exercise science major with aspirations of being a doctor after his playing days. In addition to his major, Ellis is on a pre-med plan and spent a week in Belize this past May with his biology classmates.

The Fayetteville, Arkansas, native was honored as one of 12 finalists for the 2016 William V. Campbell Trophy and a member of the National Scholar-Athlete Class on Tuesday night by the National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Hall of Fame at the 59th Annual Awards Dinner in New York City. Considered by many to be the “Academic Heisman,” the Campbell Trophy recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation. As a member of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, Ellis received an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, presented by Fidelity Investments.

On the field, Ellis led the Razorbacks in tackles during the regular season for the second straight year with 78 and also recorded a team-high 7.0 tackles for loss. For his career, he has totaled 285 tackles, including 22.5 for loss, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, 13 pass breakups and four interceptions, returning one 47 yards for a touchdown during a win at then-No. 15 TCU earlier this season.