Honoring The Razorbacks

Four Razorbacks are named first-team preseason All-SEC selections by the league's media, which also tabbed Arkansas as third in the SEC West behind LSU and Alabama.

Arkansas landed four players on the SEC Media's preseason All-SEC squad and finished third in the voting for the Western Division title.

All four of those were on offense with quarterback Tyler Wilson, tailback Knile Davis, wide receiver Cobi Hamilton and all-purpose player Dennis Johnson being selected.

That's why Arkansas is expected to have one of – if not the best – offenses in the SEC again this season.

"I think we have handle them (expectations) like we have always handled them," Wilson said, "that's embrace them and embrace the hype a little bit.

"This year being a little unique with the situation that occurred (Bobby Petrino's ouster) we're taking it upon ourselves to continue to work hard and be in the conversation late in the year. That's what matters. It's not what kind of conversation you are in right now. It's what kind of conversation you are in at the end."

Arkansas also landed a trio of second-teamers with tight end Chris Gragg, offensive guard Alvin Bailey and linebacker Alonzo Highsmith earning nods.

Razorback punter Dylan Breeding was a third-team selection.

LSU was selected to win both the SEC West and overall titles.

The Tigers were ahead of Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Ole Miss in the West pecking order.

Georgia topped the SEC East poll and was followed by South Carolina, Florida, Missouri, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Kentucky.

Arkansas head coach John L. Smith believes his team is ready for the challenge.

I think from the standpoint of our kids, they're accepting the challenge that they have to be tougher mentally, to begin with, in believing you can beat those guys, and then physically, through working out in the weight room and going to the field and having it be a physical fall to begin with," Smith said. "I think that will take care of itself. You have to rely on those leaders to make sure they preach that constantly."


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