BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Arkansas senior Deatrich Wise Jr. has been named Southeastern Conference (SEC) Defensive Lineman of the Week for his performance in the Razorbacks’ 21-20 season-opening victory against Louisiana Tech, the league office announced Tuesday.
Wise helped halt what would be Louisiana Tech’s final drive of the game during the fourth quarter Saturday, combining for a 10-yard sack with fellow defensive lineman Jeremiah Ledbetter to force a punt that allowed Arkansas to run out the clock for the win. He also tied for the team lead and equaled a career-high with seven tackles, good for a tie for second among SEC defensive linemen during the first week.
The Carrollton, Texas, native has recorded at least a half-sack in each of the last five regular-season contests dating back to last season, totaling 7.5 sacks during that stretch.
Wise tallied 31 tackles – including 10.5 for loss – and eight sacks in 13 games played last season. All eight of his sacks came during SEC play, which led the league in that category.