Razorbacks Burks & Williams Receive SEC Honors


FAYETTEVILLE – For wreaking defensive havoc in the 16th-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks SEC opening 20-10 upset over then nationally No. 7 Texas A&M, and standing out offensively in a defensive game, Arkansas senior defensive end Tre Williams and Arkansas junior wide receiver Treylon Burks respectively were named the SEC Defensive  Lineman of the Week and SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week Monday by the SEC Office in Birmingham, Ala.

Williams and Burks played a large part in Arkansas defeating the Aggies at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas and advancing 4-0, overall/  1-0 in the SEC and  to No. 8 in the AP poll heading into Saturday’s 11 a.m. (CDT) ESPN televised SEC game against the nationally No. 2 Georgia Bulldogs at UGA’s Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga.

Williams, a graduate transfer via the University of Missouri and hailing from Columbia, Mo., out of  3-man rush twice among his four tackles sacked A&M quarterback Zach Calzada and three times was statistically credited with hurrying Calzada into throwing incompletions.

Burks,  a 2-year letterman from Warren and a 2021 Preseason All-American, recorded season highs 6 catches for 167 yards including an 85-yard touchdown bomb from quarterback KJ Jefferson  after taking a Jefferson screen pass for a 91-yard touchdown in the previous week’s 45-10 victory over Georgia Southern.

Burks on a 14-yard run, and Jefferson, also on a run, were injured during last Saturday’s game. Jefferson returned to finish the game.

Both at last  Saturday’s postgame press conference in Arlington, Texas said they would be fine to play against Georgia.

That was still the word that Arkansas Coach Sam Pittman said at his Monday noon presser before the Razorbacks practiced.

“He (Burks) is sore,” Pittman said. “Treylon’s sore. Obviously, we’ve played some good football teams and physical games. I think both of them will be fine. They may or may not be able to go full speed today, but I don’t think it will be a problem for the game.”

Beating then No. 15 Texas on Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. on ESPN, last Saturday beating Texas A&M at 2:30 p.m. on CBS   and this Saturday playing Georgia at 11 a.m. CDT on ESPN, the Razorbacks learned Monday they are in a 6-day TV window for telecasting their  Oct. 9 SEC game at  No. 12 Ole Miss. The Arkansas vs. Ole Miss game i  Oxford, Miss. will kick off at either 2:30 p.m. on CBS or 11 a.m. on ESPN.

CBS, which gets first choice, awaits next Saturday’s  results before deciding on Arkansas at Ole Miss or  Georgia at No. 22 Auburn.

On this upcoming  Saturday afternoon on CBS Ole Miss plays at No. 1 Alabama.

Auburn on Saturday night visits LSU on ESPN.

Pittman Monday was asked after three consecutive home games at Reynolds Razorback Saturday did last Saturday’s half Arkansas and half Aggies crowd in Arlington at least semi prepare the Razorbacks for the Georgia crowd expected to at 92,000 plus Sanford Stadium.

“Number one, I think us traveling last week to Dallas helped us because we’ve gone through the process,” Pittman said. “(Freshman running back) AJ Green had never flown before. So, we went through the process of how we travel. That’s one thing you can’t do. I think we went almost a week (during the August preseason) where we practiced in the morning so we could be ready for an 11 o’clock game, 12 o’clock obviously over there in Georgia. Those things I think we’re prepared for.”

But the Georgia crowd?

 “The crowd is going to be incredible there,” Pittman said. “I mean, it’s CollegeGame Day (ESPN’s pregame morning show).  So, I think last week helped us a little bit because half the crowd was against us. We know we’ll get 93,000 folks there at Georgia. They support the program there big time. So, we know it’s going to be extremely loud, but I think last week prepared us a little bit for that. Of course, it’s going to be louder than what it was last week, but we did a pretty good job with that besides down on the goal line last week there on that third-and-one.”

An Arkansas offensive lineman jumped offsides compelling  the Hogs eventually to settle for a field goal.


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