The sophomore recorded a career-high nine tackles, six solo, and helped the Hogs shut out the Crimson Tide in the second half. The award came a week after Harrell missed Arkansas' 49-20 win against Louisiana-Monroe because of a sprained ankle.
"I told him last week, 'Man, you look awful out here (at practice),'" position coach Tracy Rocker said. "He was falling all over the place. When they told me he won SEC player of the week, I was like, 'Would you have thought he'd win it this week?' He was limping and his fundamentals and technique were just, I was like, 'Whoa.'
"All of a sudden he pulled it together for the game."
The Texarkana native is the second Arkansas defensive lineman to earn the award this season. Defensive tackle Arrion Dixon was recognized for his play against New Mexico State on Sept. 4.
The 6-foot-2, 282-pound Harrell has 15 tackles, 1 1/2 tackles for losses and 1/2 sack in three games. But Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said Harrell's performance last Saturday was the "best game of his career."
"That's a good honor for Jeremy and I'm real proud," Nutt said. "He works hard. Sometimes he's taking on a couple of blockers and doesn't always get recognized because he's allowing the linebacker to make a play."
Harrell Earns SEC Award
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