Contributed by Nate Allen
FAYETTEVILLE – University of Arkansas Razorbacks senior defensive tackle and Hope High graduate McTelvin “Sosa” Agin has been named to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List, it was announced Monday by the Maxwell Football Club in Philadelphia.
Named for the late University of Pennsylvania All-American and All-Pro Philadelphia Eagles linebacker/center Chuck Bednarik, the award in December honors the nation’s outstanding defensve college football player.
Agim, a 3-year letterman defensive end/defensive tackle for the Razorbacks and slated this season mostly at defensive tackle, last season totaled 45 takes, 16 unassisted. His 10 tackles for losses led the Razorbacks in 2018 and made him Arkansas’ first to attain double-digit tackles for losses since current New England Patriots defensive lineman Deatrich Wise for the 2015 Razorbacks.
Arkansas’ kicking game received a boost with the July 1 UA summer school enrollment of punter/kickoff transfer Sam Loy.
A 2-year letterman punter for Vanderbilt, Loy last year transferred as a walk-on redshirting at Colorado. He transfers to Coach Chad Morris’ Razorbacks with immediate eligibility after Colorado fired Head Coach Mike MacIntyre, now the offensive coordinator at Ole Miss.
At Vanderbilt Loy averaged 41.6 on 68 punts in 2016 and 40.2 on 64 punts in 2017.
Loy will challenge incumbent walk-on Reid Bauer for the punting job that Bauer wrested during last season from since transferred scholarship punter Blake Johnson. For kickoffs Loy competes with field goal kicker Connor Limpert.
At the end of the mid-July deadline before he know longer would have been eligible to sign as a 2019 Major League baseball draft choice, outfielder Chet Allison signed as the 24th-round draft choice with Los Angeles Dodgers voiding the Division I letter of intent that Allison previously signed with Coach Dave Van Horn’s SEC West co-champion baseball Razorbacks.
Allison originally was going to transfer to the UA as an incoming junior from Fresno (Calif.) Community College.
Allis was the only recruit among those that Van Horn and assistants Nate Thompson and Matt Hobbs signed in last November’s early signing period and last spring who opted to turn professional.