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December 21, 2013

FOOTBALL: Phil Steele recognizes 7 Razorbacks

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Seven different Razorbacks earned postseason recognition from Phil Steele, who released his All-American, All-SEC and Freshman All-American teams Friday.

Center Travis Swanson earned fourth-team All-American and first-team All-SEC honors. He was joined on the All-SEC team by second-team selections tight end Hunter Henry, defensive end Chris Smith and kicker Zach Hocker and third-team honoree defensive end Trey Flowers. Henry was also named a first-team Freshman All-American along with running back Alex Collins. Offensive guard Dan Skipper earned second-team Freshman All-America acclaim.

The honor is Swanson's fourth All-America recognition this season. Swanson earned a grade of 80 percent or higher eight times, including 90 percent vs. No. 10 Texas A&M, and registered 74 knockdown blocks in 2013. The Kingwood, Texas, native led an offensive line that blocked as Collins became the 10th true freshman in SEC history to rush for 1,000 yards and as Collins and Jonathan Williams became the second Razorback duo to each reach at least 900 rushing yards in one season. The offensive line, which featured two true freshmen starting the final eight games, 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.

Henry has also been named 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.

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