Arkansas vs. Auburn: Top Performers


TYLER WILSON: The senior quarterback was on his game Saturday, completing 20 of 27 for 216 yards, moving him into third place at Arkansas for career passing yardage.

Heading into the Auburn game, Wilson owned 12 school records and his 7.38 yards of total offense per play in his career was the best among SEC players and fourth among active players in the country. He was leading the NCAA with an average of 17.15 yards per completion and was tied for the SEC lead and ranked fourth in the NCAA with 17 passes of 25 yards or more. He is averaging 9.34 yards per pass attempt, 10th in the NCAA.

Wilson’s newest school record is of dubious distinction. His 59 pass attempts in the 58-10 loss to Texas A&M broke Clint Stoerner’s record of 52. He also set the record for offensive plays against the Aggies with 62, breaking his own mark of 57 against A&M in 2011.

TREY FLOWERS: The sophomore defensive end from Huntsville, Ala., was credited with four unassisted tackles and 3 1-2 sacks for 39 yards in losses. He also had two quarterback hurries. Flowers was named to the SEC All-Freshman team in 2011 after recording 28 tackles.

WILL HINES: The freshman cornerback recovered a fumble and intercepted a Kiehl Frazier pass — both in the first half — to help Arkansas to a 10-0 lead at intermission. The Waco, Texas, product, took over at cornerback for Darius Winston after Tevin Mitchel’s injury against Louisiana-Monroe.. In high school, Hines recorded 40 tackles as a senior and returned an interception for a touchdown as Waco advanced to the second round of the state playoffs.

COBI HAMILTON: The Texarkana, Texas product continues to impress, even in adverse circumstances. Against Auburn, Hamilton caught five passes for 72 yards, highlighted by a 41-yarder on the first play from scrimmage. His average of 14.4 yards per catch was under his career mark. He went into Saturday’s game leading the nation in career average per reception of 18.2 yards and was 10th among active players in the NCAA with 17 receptions for touchdowns. He did not have a touchdown against Auburn.

Hamilton holds the SEC single-game record for receiving yards with 303 against Texas A&M. He put up 162 yards against Rutgers and was named SEC co-offensive player of the week. In the two weeks prior to the Auburn game, he broke the school record of yardage by a receiver in consecutive games with 465 yards. His record bested Derek Holloway’s 362 yards in the 1981 Gator Bowl and against North Carolina in the 1992 season opener.

DENNIS JOHNSON: The senior running back took advantage of getting the majority of the carries on offense against Auburn on Saturday. His 17 carries netted 76 yards. He started the day with an 18-yard run and bulled his way to two short-yardage touchdowns.

EMORY BLAKE: The 6-2 senior from Austin, Texas led Auburn with 10 catches for 118 yards and the Tigers’ only touchdown. Blake went into the Arkansas game tied with Philip Lutzenkirchen for leading receiver honors for the Tigers with 12 catches apiece. Blake held a big lead on yardage (228 vs. 122) and had a previous touchdown to his credit to none for Lutzenkirchen.