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Six Hogs Earn AP All-SEC

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FAYETTEVILLE - Six Arkansas players earned first- or second-team all-SEC honors Monday, as voted on by the Associated Press.

Tight end D.J. Williams, running back Knile Davis and offensive tackle DeMarcus Love were voted to the first-team, while quarterback Ryan Mallett, defensive end Jake Bequette and safety Tramain Thomas were voted to the second team. Williams, a senior who is also a finalist for the Mackey Award, was a unanimous selection.

“It means a lot,” Williams said. “A lot of postseason accolades and awards have started coming out and it goes back to hard work, not just in the summer, but from the first time I stepped foot on this campus. I’m very humbled about it and appreciative of it.”

The Mackey Award winner will be announced on Wednesday in Orlando. While there, Williams will also be presented the Disney Spirit Award.

“It’s going to be a fun experience,” Williams said. “The greatest part about it is my family has never been to Disney World. It will be their first time and I feel like I get to take them, like the man of the family. It’s something I’m very proud of.”

Love, a fifth-year senior, was a preseason all-SEC selection, but Davis was the one who turned the most heads this season. After Arkansas struggled to run the ball effectively when Dennis Johnson went down with a season-ending injury, Davis began to get most of the workload.

Davis responded with as impressive of a season as any back in the league, rushing for 889 yards and 12 touchdowns in the final six games alone.

Mallett was the preseason pick at quarterback, but finished second to Heisman Trophy front-runner Cam Newton. The Razorbacks signal caller passed for 3,592 yards and tied his school record with 30 touchdowns in the regular season.

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2010 All-SEC Team Announced

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The AP’s 2010 All-SEC team was announced earlier today, and congrats are in order to Knile Davis, D.J. Williams and DeMarcus Love for making the 1st team (D.J. was one of five players to be chosen unanimously), and to Ryan Mallett, Tramain Thomas and Catholic High’s Jake Bequette for making the 2nd unit.

If anyone had placed a decently-sized bet in Vegas on Davis being an all-conference RB before the season started (or after the Alabama game) they’re probably shopping for yachts or property in the Carribbean right about now. Davis’ rise from sporadically used platoon back to all-conference monster (over highly touted competitors such as Mark Ingram or Trent Richardson) has been one of the best parts of the entire season…very nice to see him get the recognition he deserves.

As for snubs, it’s hard to argue against any of the WRs that were chosen, but it’s a little unfortunate that we couldn’t combine our four top guys into one mighty candidate…as it is now, Childs, Adams, Wright and Hamilton are all so good they end up cannibalizing each other’s award chances. It’s a nice problem to have.

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Franklin Earns Defensive Honor

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FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas linebacker Jerry Franklin was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week Monday.

Franklin recorded 20 tackles in the Razorbacks’ 38-31 double overtime win at Mississippi State. That number is tied 10th in school history and the most since Ken Hamlin recorded 22 tackles in 2002.

Franklin is the second Arkansas player to win the award this year. Tramain Thomas also won following a win over Texas A&M.

In addition to Franklin, senior DeMarcus Love was also honored by the SEC, earning SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week. Love is the first Arkansas player to earn that award this season.

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