Arkansas top performers against Southern Miss


ALEX COLLINS: The freshman running back continues to impress, running for more than 100 yards in each of his first three college games. Collins is the first running back in the Southeastern Conference to do that and the first to do it in the NCAA since Oklahoma’s Adrian Peterson. For the game, he had 115 yards on 25 carries. Collins entered the game leading the SEC in rushing with 151.5 yards per game. A week earlier, his 172 yards against Samford ranked first in the nation among freshman running backs.

JONATHAN WILLIAMS: The starting tailback for Arkansas rushed for over 100 yards for the third straight week. Williams carried the ball 16 times for 116 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. He went into Saturday’s game tied for 12th in the country in rushing yards per game with 138.5. His highest rushing total for the season was in the opener against Louisiana-Lafayette when he had 151 yards, including a 75-yard TD run.

ZACH HOCKER: The senior placekicker and all-time leading scorer for Arkansas continued to eliminate the kickoff return as a possible weapon by opponents by kicking for touchbacks three times Saturday. A kickoff to the 1 and another that went 5 yards deep in the end zone resulted in runbacks that did not reach the 20. For the season, his kickoffs have resulted in touchbacks 13-of-16 times. Nineteenth on the SEC all-time scoring list, Hocker’s 42-yard field goal in the second quarter moved him into third on the UA career field goals made list with 52. That put him ahead of Kendall Trainor’s 51. Trainor played from 1985-88. Hocker now has 309 points at Arkansas.

CHRIS SMITH: The senior defensive end recorded three sacks and a quarterback hurry against Southern Miss. He went into the game tied for 10th on Arkansas’ career sacks list with 14 1/2. Early in the second half, Smith’s number moved to 17 1/2 and in a tie with Jamaal Anderson for seventh on the career sacks lists.