Arkansas Trio Honored Tonight

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas defensive line coach Tracy Rocker, former linebacker Wayne "Thumper" Harris and freshman receiver Marcus Monk will give the Razorbacks plenty to be proud of today.

All three are in New York City where they'll take part in the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame's 47th Annual Awards Dinner.

Rocker, who was a two-time, All-American at Auburn, and Harris are two of 14 legendary players and coaches that'll be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame during tonight's banquet. Monk will be honored earlier in the day as one of four National High School Scholar-Athletes selected for excellence in academics, football and citizenship during a luncheon.

Harris and Rocker also will take part in an enshrinement ceremony at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., in August. Rocker was presented with a plaque commemorating his induction before the Hogs played at Auburn in October,

"I really don't know what to think about it because everything has been kind of a whirlwind," Rocker said about the festivities. "I keep seeing old friends and familiar faces and people from when I was there at Auburn. When we went to (Auburn) it was quick and brief. But I've gotten to spend time with a lot of them so far.

"(Today) is going to be more of a busy schedule. But I'm looking forward to it."

Rocker was elected to the Hall of Fame after a standout career at Auburn, where he led the Tigers to two Southeastern Conference Championships. Rocker, who recorded 354 tackles and 27 sacks in four seasons, also was named SEC Player of the Year and won the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award in 1988.

Harris is equally deserving of the recognition by the National Football Foundation after lettering at Arkansas from 1958-60. Harris earned All-America honors as a junior and senior and recorded 174 tackles, at the time a school record, in 1960.

Rocker, who arrived in New York on Sunday, said the two-day itinerary is loaded with banquets, photo shoots and other media opportunities. But Rocker, who was excited to be surrounded by friends and family members in New York, said he has enjoyed "breaking bread" with everyone.

"It is so many people that I haven't seen in a long time," Rocker said. "From the (Auburn) Board of Trustees to ticket managers. (Former Auburn) Coach (Pat) Dye is here. My position coach. (Auburn athletic director) David Housel, just a lot of people have been here and a lot of people have commended me on my induction."

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