Hog freshmen Greenlaw, Williams earn SEC honors
FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas starting weakside linebacker Dre Greenlaw and running back Rawleigh Williams were named to the All-SEC Freshman team as voted upon by the SEC coaches and released Thursday.
HOG LB DRE GREENLAW
Greenlaw, a true freshman out of Fayetteville High, is the second-leading tackler (93) for the Liberty Bowl bound 7-5 Razorbacks with 3.5 behind the line for minus-20 yards, in
cluding one sack. He also forced two fumbles, broke up a pass and was credited with one quarterback hurry.
Greenlaw will start in the Jan. 2 Liberty Bowl game in Memphis agains the Kansas State Wildcats, 6-6.
Williams, also a true freshman, netted 254 yards rushing on 56 carries and a touchdown before a surgery-requiring neck injury ended his season after seven games.
At Thursday's Liberty Bowl press conference, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema was asked about Greenlaw and Williams being honored on the SEC All-Freshman team and asked about Williams' rehab of a neck injury that will sideline him at least through the spring practices.
"It was fun to see those guys get named to the Freshmen team," Bielema said. "Rawleigh continues to be impressive in his rehab. For anybody that has had a major neck surgery, the experience that he has has been overwhelming. Dre obviously as a freshman linebacker has shown unbelievable potential. He has played a lot of snaps, probably too many for a true freshman, but to see him get rewarded as well as a couple of guys is awesome."
So far Arkansas junior tight end Hunter Henry was named the winner of the Mackey Award, voted annually to the nation's best tight end. Henry accepted the Mackey Award Thursday night in Atlanta and already has been named first-team All-America by USA Today and first-team All-SEC by vote of the SEC coaches.
Senior left offensive guard Sebastian Tretola was named first-team SEC by SEC coaches and was the co-recipient with Alabama center Ryan Kelly of the Jacobs Award voted to the SEC's outstanding offensive lineman.
Arkansas junior running back Alex Collins and junior right offensive tackle Dan Skipper were voted All-SEC second team by the SEC coaches.