12 Razorbacks recognized by Phil Steele

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (ArkansasRazorbacks.com) - The University of Arkansas football team had 12 different players selected to Phil Steele's preseason All-American or preseason All-SEC teams, it was announced Thursday.

The Razorbacks had five players named preseason All-Americans and 12 players named to the preseason All-SEC teams. Arkansas' five preseason All-America selections tied for the third-highest total in the SEC, and the 12 members of the preseason All-SEC team tied with Alabama for the second-most selections in the conference.

Running back Knile Davis and wide receiver Cobi Hamilton earned second-team All-America nods, while quarterback Tyler Wilson was a third-team All-America selection by Steele. Tight end Chris Gragg and offensive guard Alvin Bailey were fourth-team All-Americans.

Wilson, Davis and Hamilton also were named preseason first-team All-SEC performers by Steele. Gragg and Bailey were named to the All-SEC second-team, where they were joined by linebacker Alonzo Highsmith and kick returner Dennis Johnson. Center Travis Swanson, defensive tackle Byran Jones, kicker Zach Hocker and punter Dylan Breeding all garnered third-team All-SEC recognition, and safety Eric Bennett was tabbed as a fourth-team All-SEC performer.

Phil Steele's College Football Preview is the nation's most informative preseason football magazine and has always provided a preseason All-American team as well as preseason All-Conference teams. For more information, visit PhilSteele.com.

The Razorbacks begin their 2012 season Sept. 1 when they host Jacksonville State inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville. To purchase tickets for the 2012 football season, call the Razorback Ticket Office at 800-982-HOGS or visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.