The 2012 college football season is upon us, and with the Razorbacks ready to renew a long time rivalry with Texas A&M University as well as compete against other foes including LSU and Alabama the entire nation is ready. Here is, in our opinion, five of the greatest football players to ever attend Arkansas.
5. Felix Jones, Running back:
Though he spent most of his time at Arkansas backing-up Darren McFadden, Felix Jones had an outstanding career as a Razorback. As a matter of fact, all three running backs that played together (Peyton Hillis, Darren McFadden and Felix Jones) are all currently doing very well for their respective NFL teams. Jones’ showed steady improvement throughout his 3 seasons, rushing twice for over 1,000 yards and getting 11 touch downs his junior year. Most impressive though were his 9.1 rush yards per carry that led the nation in 2007. He currently plays for the Dallas Cowboys.
4. Ken Hamlin, Free Safety:
Ken Hamlin was the first freshman and as well only the second defensive back to lead the school in tackles. He recorded an incredible 104 tackles with 57 of them being solo. He had a great Sophomore year as well being selected as a Second-team All American. However his greatest season came in his junior year when he forced eight fumbles, recovering five, and intercepted 9 passes. He was named a First-team All American and furthermore awarded the Jim Thorpe Award. He is the first player in school history to record 3 consecutive seasons.
3. Chuck Dicus, Wide Receiver:
Dicus played from 1968-1970 for Arkansas and finished his career as the school’s most productive receiver ever and his totals of 118 catches for 1,854 yards are still the eighth most all time. He was an All American as well as the MVP of the 1969 Sugar Bowl, registering 12 catches for 169 yards and the game’s only touchdown. He went on to serve as president of the Razorback foundation and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
2. Steve Atwater, Safety:
Originally recruited as a quarterback and later converted to a Safety, Atwater was 3 times elected to the All-SEC team and as well was a 2 time All-American. Furthermore he finished his career with the most interceptions of any Razorback, 14 which still holds to this day. He is a member of the Razorback All-Century Team and the All-Decade team for the 1980’s.
1. Darren McFadden, Running back:
McFadden is without a doubt the most outstanding Arkansas Razorback ever. He rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his three seasons, registering a long run of 80 yards twice. Furthermore his touch down production each year increased, scoring 11 in his final season. He was the Walter Camp Award winner, back to back Doak Walker Award winner and SEC Offensive Player of the Year.
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