FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas Razorbacks senior offensive tackle Dan Skipper and sophomore running back Rawleigh Williams on Thursday netted their second All-SEC football honors this week.
Arkansas junior center Frank Ragnow and Arkansas freshman defensive tackle McTelvin “Sosa” Agim and freshman linebacker D’Jon “Scoota” Harris also were SEC recognized Thursday.
Skipper was named first-team All-SEC Thursday by the Associated Press and earlier this week was declared first-team All-SEC on the Coaches’ All-SEC team.
At 6-10, the tallest lineman in college football, Skipper three times during his career was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week and for his ability to block place-kicks once was named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week.
After the Razorbacks oppose Virginia Tech in the Belk Bowl Dec. 29 in Charlotte, N.C., graduating senior Skipper has been invited in January to play in the East-West Shrine game in St. Petersburg Fla.
Williams, the SEC regular season rushing champion netting 1,326 yards and 11 touchdowns on 233 carries, earned first-team AP All-SEC honors Thursday after being voted second-team All-SEC by the SEC coaches.
In seven games this season, Williams has exceeded 100 yards rushing including a career best 205 yards and four touchdowns in Arkansas’ 58-42 SEC victory at Mississippi State. He also threw a surprise goal-line touchdown pass to tight end Austin Cantrell of Roland, Okla.
Ragnow also was voted second-team All-SEC Thursday by media voting in the AP poll and earlier this week was declared first-team All-America and termed “the best center in college football,” by Pro Football Focus.
Agim, a graduate of Hope High School, and Agim, both were voted it was announced Thursday by SEC Coaches on their SEC All-Freshman team.
Opening the season as a reserve defensive end, Agim, a mid-term high school graduate first enrolling at the UA last January for the spring semester, forged into the lineup the last four games at defensive tackle. For the season Agim made 25 tackles with five behind the line including two quarterbacks sacks and twice was credited with hurrying quarterbacks into incomplete passes.
On Wednesday, Arkansas senior linebacker and pre-med student Brooks Ellis of Fayetteville was named SEC football’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
While his 7-1 basketball Razorbacks ready for Saturday’s 4:30 pm. SEC Network televised game at Walton Arena against the North Florida Ospreys and Dallas Moore, the Ospreys guard averaging 21.4 points per game including 29. 31 and 30 for his last three, coach Mike Anderson was asked if game film revealed much from Arkansas’ 99-62 victory over Houston Tuesday night at Walton.
“There are some things we’ve got to clean up,” Anderson said. “Of course we played against a very talented Houston team and there were some moments we really had a chance to build a cushion, but I thought defensively there were some breakdowns. Especially our fullcourt pressure. I thought we let them get the ball and advance it up real easily and attack us. There are some rotations and things we’ve still got to work on.”
He continued Thursday lauding his bench that “gets the game ball,” he said during Tuesday’s postgame.
“I thought our bench was outstanding,” Anderson said. “I thought Anton (Beard, the junior guard and graduate of North Little Rock High) you talk about (Pulaski Academy grad) Dusty Hannahs, you talk about (Forrest City High grad) Trey Thompson. Arlando Cook. And C.J. Jones. I thought those guys gave us some great minutes. And Adrio Bailey. So it was good to see that bench continue to develop. As a matter of fact, those guys probably outplayed the guys that started off in the game.”