Razorback Roundup, 7/10
Razorback junior Denver Kirkland and senior Sebastian Tretola were among 81 players named to the watch list for an award that honors the nation’s top offensive lineman.
Kirkland enters the 2015 campaign with 21 consecutive starts and has played all 25 games of his two-year career.
The junior played more than 750 snaps at right guard last season and graded out at 79 percent while allowing just one sack. He was penalized only three times throughout the entire 2014 campaign.
Kirkland will move to left tackle this year where he will be tasked with protecting the quarterback’s blind side.
Tretola started the final 11 games of the 2014 season at left guard after he transferred to Arkansas from Iowa Western CC.
He played more than 690 snaps and did not allow a sack, averaging a grade of 79 percent, tied for the second-highest mark on the team.
The senior also launched a Heisman campaign after he threw a 6-yard touchdown pass on a fake field goal against UAB.
Kirkland and Tretola were part of the largest offensive line in the nation in 2014 – averaging 328.4 pounds per player. The Razorback offensive line was bigger than any starting unit in the NFL.
It paid dividends as Arkansas led the Southeastern Conference in fewest sacks allowed (14). Kirkland and Tretola also helped pave the way for Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins to run for 1,000 yards each, the only duo in the FBS to top the 1,000-yard mark.
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Arkansas’ football team will be sporting some stylish gloves during the 2015 season per head coach Bret Bielema’s twitter.
Bielema couldn’t resist retweeting a vacation picture from Arkansas offensive coordinator Dan Enos.
Bielema also made note that his quarterback Brandon Allen is working as a counselor this weekend at the Manning Passing Academy.