Arkansas' Dixon Earns SEC Honor

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas coach Houston Nutt thought defensive tackle Arrion Dixon played his best game in an Arkansas uniform during last Saturday's 63-13 win against New Mexico State.The Southeastern Conference believed it was a pretty productive night as well.

Dixon was named the inaugural SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week after his performance against the Aggies. The senior won the new award, which will be announced weekly along with Offensive, Defensive, Special teams and Offensive lineman honorees, after collecting five tackles, three for losses and one sack.

Dixon's three tackles for losses equaled his previous career best, which came in last season's 71-63 seven-overtime win at Kentucky.

"I'm proud that Arrion has been recognized for his outstanding performance against New Mexico State," Nutt said. "From top to bottom, it was his best game as a Razorback. He had three tackles for loss and disrupted several more plays. Our defense really set the tone for us on Saturday. I'm looking forward to more big performances from Arrion and our defense this season."

Dixon sacked New Mexico State quarterback Buck Pierce in the second quarter, stripped the ball out the senior's hand and recovered it at Arkansas' 28. The Hogs went on to score a touchdown six plays later and extend their lead to 21-0.

Arkansas in Top 10?
Texas coach Mack Brown, whose team plays Arkansas on Saturday night at 7:45 in Reynolds Razorback Stadium, said the Hogs deserve a top 10 ranking if the Longhorns are No. 7 in this week's The Associated Press top 25 poll.

"Last year I thought their team was at least as good as ours coming into this game. We were rated and they weren't," Brown said of Arkansas' 38-28 win last season. "I think the same thing is true about this weekend. These are two really good football teams in the early season playing an out-of-conference game."

Arkansas jumped to No. 14 after beating Texas last season and climbed to No. 7 before a 10-3 home loss to Auburn. Nutt, who is replacing 18 starters from 2003, said the Hogs have deserved early season rankings in the past.

"I appreciate (Brown) saying that," Nutt said. "I know last year I felt like we should've been rated. We play in such a tough conference that it's hard to stay in there in that top 10, top 15 rating. It's very, very difficult.

"We let everybody else take care of that. We can't control that. We have to take care of the things we can control."

NFL Hogs
Former Arkansas receiver Richard Smith is one of five rookie Razorbacks to earn a spot on an NFL roster this season. Smith, who was one of two undrafted free agents to make the Kansas City Chiefs roster, will join lineman Shawn Andrews (Philadelphia), cornerback Ahmad Carroll (Green Bay Packers) and linebackers Caleb Miller (Cincinnati) and Tony Bua (Miami) on NFL sidelines.

"We're real proud," Nutt said. "When guys come out of high school one of their goals is to go play in the NFL. We want them to be able to accomplish that along with getting a degree.

"Our recruits are seeing guys like Shawn Andrews and Ahmad Carroll, Richard Smith, these guys, (Seattle safety) Kenny Hamlin, are making it in the pros."

The list of rookies cut this weekend included Eddie Jackson (Carolina), Bo Lacy (Pittsburgh), George Wilson (Detroit) and Tom Crowder (Dallas). Quarterback Ryan Sorahan (New Orleans) and tight end Jason Peters and Lawrence Richardson (Buffalo) were cut last week.

Tailback Cedric Cobbs has been placed on New England's physically unable to perform list.



Robinson returning
Arkansas linebacker Michael Robinson was back in the Broyles Center on Monday afternoon, one day after being released from Washington Regional Medical Center.

The junior became disoriented and broke into a cold sweat two hours before last Wednesday's practice and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. Robinson said he had a seizure, which is something that has occurred in his family's history.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder said a battery of tests didn't reveal the cause of the seizure, but Robinson is feeling better and is trying to regain weight he lost during his hospital stay. Robinson is hoping to return to the practice field Wednesday or Thursday, but isn't sure when he'll be available to play.

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