As football season gets closer, award watch lists are starting to die down. Due to the massive number of watch lists that our football players are on, I decided to wait until every list was done making their announcements. Here is a comprehensive list of every award that a Razorback football player has been announced for.
Doak Walker Award List
This award is given to the best RB in the nation. The award is in its 22nd year and is named after SMU’s three-time All-American RB Doak Walker.
Only 10th player in Arkansas history to post a 1000 yard season. Knile looks to become only the second Doak Walker Award winner in Arkansas history (Darren McFadden 2006 & 2007).
Butkus Award List
Award given to the top LB in the nation. This award is named after NFL Hall of Fame Linebacker Dick Butkus of the Chicago Bears.
Only the second player in Razorback history (since 1960s) to lead the Hogs in tackles for three consecutive seasons. He led the SEC in tackles and had fifth-most tackles in all of NCAA last year.
Rimington Trophy List
Award given to the top C in the nation. The award uses 4 teams to determine a winner: America Football Coaches Association, the Walter Camp Foundation, Sporting News, and Football Writers Association of America.
Only 1 of 4 sophomores selected to watch list. Swanson started all 13 games of his RS Freshman season last year and was named to SEC All-Freshman team. Swanson looks to become the second Razorback to win this award in only its 12th year of inception.
Lombardi Award List
Award given to top lineman in nation. Eligibility for award includes “down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense or defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, and linebackers who set up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage.”
Bailey was named to SEC All-American Team and FWAA Freshman All-America Team last year. He started all 13 games for the Razorbacks in his first season as a true freshman.
Led the Razorbacks in sacks last season (5th in SEC). He enters this season tied 10th on the Razorback All-time Sacks list.
Led the team/SEC in tackles last season (5th in NCAA).
Thorpe Award List
Award given to top defensive back in the nation. The award is named after multi-sport athlete Jim Thorpe.
Led the team in interceptions (Tied 7th in SEC and 39th in NCAA) last season.
Nagurski Award List
Award given to top Defensive Player in nation. The award is named after Bronco Nagurski, a former Minnesota Gopher and Chicago Bear.
Was named 2nd team All-SEC at conclusion of last season. Led the Razorbacks in sacks last season (5th in SEC).
Led the team/SEC in tackles last season (5th in NCAA).
Biletnikoff Award List
Award given to top WR in nation. The award is named after Hall of Fame WR, Fred Biletnikoff who played for Florida State and the Oakland Raiders.
Has made at least one catch in every game of his career (34), which is the longest active streak in NCAA. He led the team in Receiving Yards (813) and tied for most TDs(6).
Also leads the team in TDs(6). Even though he missed the final five games of the season, he still was ranked third on the team in receiving yards(659).
Had a career season last year after finishing with 630 yards and 6 TDs. Also tied for most TDs on the team.
Enters the 2011 season ranked 11th on Arkansas’ all-time receptions leaders and 11th on the all-time career TD list. Finished last season with 788 receiving yards and 5 TDs.
Groza Award List
Award given to the top Kicker in the nation. The award is named after Hall of Fame kicker Lou “The Toe” Groza, who played 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Originally an offensive lineman, Groza started the idea of having a kicking position on NFL rosters.
Only 1 of 5 Sophomores up for the award, Hocker has come off a fantastic freshman season. He was named to 2010 SEC All-Freshman team. Last season, Hocker DID NOT miss a PAT all season and was 12th in the NCAA in PATs made(56). He holds the Arkansas Freshman record for longest FG (51 yards).
Maxwell Award List
Award given to top player in the nation. The award is named after Robert Maxwell, who has had a successful career as a football player, coach, and sportswriter.
Led the team in TDs(6). Missed last 5 games of season and still was 3rd in receiving yards(659).
Named First Team All-SEC by AP and Second Team All-SEC by SEC coaches. He rushed for the most rushing yards in the SEC last season with 1322 yards. He also was ranked atop the NCAA’s yards per rush ranking with an average of 6.48 yards a carry.
Tyler looks to become the newest QB for the Razorbacks. Last season, his replacement role in the Auburn game produced only the 9th QB to throw for 300 yards in a game.
Bednarik Award List
Award given to top Defensive player in nation. The award is named after Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik who played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1949 to 1962. He is most known for his crushing hits.
Tied for 10th on Arkansas’ career all-time sacks list with 13.5.
Ranked 10th in the SEC in tackles last year with 100.
CFPA Offensive Award List
CFPA WR Trophy
CFPA RB Trophy
CFPA Defensive Award List
CFPA Defensive Lineman Trophy
CFPA Linebacker Trophy
CFPA Defensive Back Trophy
CFPA Placekicker Trophy
CFPA Punter Trophy
CFPA Kick Returner Trophy
Preseason Coaches All-SEC Teams List
1st Team All-SEC
Joe Adams (Special Teams)
2nd Team All-SEC
3rd Team All-SEC
Phil Steele Preseason All American List
3rd Team All-American
Greg Childs, WR
Jake Bequette, DL
Jerry Franklin, LB
4th Team All-American
Joe Adams, Punt Return