Arkansas' All-Decade Team: Star-studded backfield highlights Razorbacks' offense
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South has selected an all-decade offensive and defensive team for all 14 SEC programs. Our series stays in the SEC West with Arkansas. Coming Wednesday: Auburn.
The decade started well for Arkansas football. The Razorbacks won 10 games for just the 2nd time since 1989. Fresh off a Sugar Bowl appearance, the Razorbacks promptly tied a school record with 11 victories in 2011, including their first Cotton Bowl triumph since 1999.
But it was downhill from there following the scandal and dismissal of head coach Bobby Petrino. The Hogs haven’t won more than 8 games since and have finished with losing records in 5 of the past 8 seasons, including the last 3.
The Arkansas offense led the SEC in 2011 after ranking 2nd the previous year. It ranked 2nd again in 2015 but has since been mediocre at best.
Regardless, when Arkansas has been at its best, its offensive stars have led the way. That’s one reason 22 former Hogs offensive players were drafted this decade.
Here is a look at our Arkansas All-Decade Offensive Team.
QB: Ryan Mallett
Mallett owns the school single-season records with 3,869 passing yards and 32 TDs, both in 2010. He threw for a career-high 409 yards against Vanderbilt. Mallett is 2nd on the Arkansas all-time passing yardage list with 7,493 and 2nd in career passing TDs with 62. He was selected in the 3rd round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Backup: Tyler Wilson
It’s really a coin flip between Mallet and Wilson. Wilson, who backed up Mallett before taking over, owns the Arkansas single-game passing record with 510 yards against Texas A&M in 2011, and also owns the school’s career passing yardage record with 7,765. He is 2nd to Mallett for the school’s single-season passing yardage record (3,638) and ranks 5th all-time on the school’s passing TD list with 52. Wilson was selected in the 4th round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
RB: Alex Collins
The Arkansas single-season rushing TD record-holder (20) is also 2nd all-time on the school’s rushing list with 3,703 yards (2013-15). His 36 career rushing TDs ranks 4th all-time at Arkansas, and his 1,577 rushing yards in 2015 ranks 4th for a single season. Collins was selected in the 5th round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Backup: Rakeem Boyd
We went off the grid with this pick. While the Razorbacks have had 4 RBs besides Collins selected in the NFL Draft, Boyd proved to be the best choice over the long haul. Boyd will finish this season leading the Razorbacks in rushing in back-to-back years. After leading the team with 734 rushing yards in 2018, Boyd finished with 1,133 yards and 8 TDs this season.
WRs: Cobi Hamilton, Jarius Wright, Joe Adams, Drew Morgan
Hamilton holds the school’s single-season record for receiving yards with 1,335 in 2012, and single-game record with 303 yards the same year against Rutgers. He is 3rd on the school’s all-time list with 2,854 (2009-12). Hamilton was selected in the 6th round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Wright holds the Razorbacks’ career record with 2,934 receiving yards (2008-11) and is 2nd in single-season (1,117 in 2011) and game (281 vs. Texas A&M in 2011). Wright was chosen in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Adams ranks 5th on Arkansas’ receiving list with 2,410 yards and is tied for 6th in career TD receptions (17). He was also selected in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Morgan (2014-16) led the Hogs in receptions in 2015 and 2016 with 63 and 65, respectively. He totaled 843 receiving yards and 10 TDs in 2015, and 739 yards and 3 TDs the following year.
Backups: Greg Childs, Keon Hatcher, Javontee Herndon
Childs was taken in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Childs is 8th all-time at Arkansas in receiving yards (2,066). Hatcher (2012-16) totaled 1,866 receiving yards with 19 TDs.
OL: Frank Ragnow, Travis Swanson, Denver Kirkland, Dan Skipper, Hjalte Froholdt
Ragnow was selected in the 1st round and the 20th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Swanson was chosen in the 3rd round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Kirkland (2013-15) had a stellar career at Arkansas as did Skipper (2013-16), who earned All-American status as a freshman and that same year blocked 3 field-goal attempts, a school single-season record. Froholdt arrived as a defensive tackle, switched to the other side and anchored the line for 3 seasons. He was a 4th-round pick in 2019.
Backups: DeMarcus Love, Sebastian Tretola, Brey Cook, Alvin Bailey, Brian Wallace
Love (2011) and Tretola (2016) were 6th-round picks. Cook was a preferred walk-on who worked his way into a job with the Washington Redskins. Bailey signed as a free agent with the Seattle Seahawks and again is a free agent. Wallace started 29 games in the trenches for Arkansas.
TE: Hunter Henry
A 2nd-round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, Henry is as good a blocker as he is a receiver and played a big role in the Razorbacks offense.
Backup: Jeremy Sprinkle
A 5th-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Sprinkle is tied for the school’s single-game record for TDs in a game with 3 against Mississippi State in 2015.