FAYETTEVILLE (ArkansasRazorbacks.com) - Four Razorbacks were named to the True Freshman All-American Team by 247Sports.com, it was announced Monday.
Running back Alex Collins, tight end Hunter Henry and offensive guard Dan Skipper earned first-team recognition, and offensive guard Denver Kirkland was a second-team selection. Arkansas is the only school in the nation with three representatives on the first-team offense, and the Razorbacks' three first-team selections are tied with Ole Miss for the most in the nation. Arkansas also tied for the national lead with four members of the team, sharing the top spot with UCLA and Ole Miss.
Collins, the Associated Press' SEC Freshman of the Year, a freshman All-American and a member of the SEC All-Freshman Team, is the first freshman in SEC history to begin his career with three straight 100-yard rushing games. The Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., native is the conference's 10th true freshman to rush for 1,000 yards. He finished the year with 1,026 yards and four touchdowns on 190 carries and added 63 yards on 11 receptions for a team-high 1,089 all-purpose yards. His rushing yards are the most by a freshman in the NCAA this season, and he ranks seventh in the SEC with an average of 85.50 rushing yards per game. Collins leads the SEC and ranks 10th in the NCAA with 355 rushing yards in the fourth quarter, and his 382 rushing yards against ranked opponents are 12th in the nation. His four 100-yard rushing games are second in school history among freshmen, trailing only Darren McFadden's five.
Henry has also been named to the second-team All-SEC by the Associated Press and Athlon, a freshman All-American by Sporting News and to the SEC All-Freshman Team. He appeared in all 12 games and made seven starts. The Little Rock, Ark., native tied for the team lead with four receiving touchdowns and ranked second on the team with 28 receptions for 409 yards. His receiving yards total ranks second among NCAA freshmen tight ends and 20th overall at his position. He is the only tight end in the SEC and one of three freshmen in the conference with a 100-yard receiving game, totaling 109 yards vs. No. 10 Texas A&M. He ranks first among SEC tight ends and fourth overall in the conference by gaining a first down on 78.6 percent of his receptions, and his average of 14.6 yards per catch ranks second among the conference's tight ends.
Kirkland and Skipper both started the final eight games of the season at guard. They blocked as Collins and Jonathan Williams became the second Razorback duo to each reach at least 900 rushing yards in one season. The offensive line also broke the single-season school record by only allowing 8.0 sacks. Arkansas leads the SEC and is tied for second in the NCAA with an average of 0.67 sacks allowed per game. The Razorbacks' average of one sack allowed for every 37.63 pass attempts is the best in the conference and seventh in the nation.
Against No. 14 South Carolina, Kirkland graded at 90 percent and registered four knockdown blocks. The Miami native recorded 11 knockdown blocks vs. No. 8 Auburn. Skipper recorded a single-season school-record three blocked field goals. The Arvada, Colo., native leads the SEC and is tied for second in the NCAA in blocked kicks. In his first start, vs. No. 10 Texas A&M, he earned a grade of 80 percent while playing all 70 snaps. At Ole Miss, he recorded a team-high eight knockdown blocks.