Claremore Daily Progress

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December 21, 2013

FOOTBALL: Phil Steele recognizes 7 Razorbacks

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — 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.

Skipper started the final eight games of the season at guard and also recorded a single-season school-record three blocked field goals. He leads the SEC and is tied for second in the NCAA in blocked kicks. The Arvada, Colo., native 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. 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.

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