TYLER RUSSELL: Mississippi State’s Tyler Russell passed for four touchdowns and ran for another on Saturday while throwing for more than 200 yards for the seventh time this season. The 6-foot-4 junior completed 19 of 32 passes for 274 yards with no interceptions. He has thrown only four interceptions this season.
Against LSU the previous week, Russell completed 26 of 38 passes for 295 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He went into the Arkansas game as one of the best quarterbacks in Mississippi State history, ranking third in passing yards (2,249) and first in passing touchdowns (17).
COBI HAMILTON: The Razorback senior receiver from Texarkana, Texas, has been a team leader all season, consistently setting or adding to season and career records. It was no different against the Bulldogs; Hamilton caught seven passes against Mississippi State to move into second place for career receptions at Arkansas with 165. Joe Adams had 164 receptions and Jarius Wright remains the leader with 168. Adams and Wright were seniors last year.
Hamilton’s performance came at the end of a week in which he was named a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation’s top receiver. He entered Saturday’s game averaging 16.9 yards per reception, tied for third best in the country and trailing only Tavarres King of Georgia and Marquess Wilson of Washington State. He averaged only 12.6 on Saturday. Tied with him before Saturday was Jared Abbederis of Wisconsin.
TYLER WILSON: The senior from Greenwood passed for 225 yards (23 of 29) against Mississippi State, but threw two interceptions. Wilson owns 27 UA school records, some of which grow with each game. He went into Starkville with 539 completions, so his 23 on Saturday puts that record at 562 with the LSU game left. Wilson surpassed Clint Stoerner (528) against South Carolina. Stoerner played from 1996-99.
Wilson remains third in career pass yards with 7,406, trailing Stoerner (7,422) by 16 yards. Ryan Mallett holds the school record with 7,493 yards.
DENNIS JOHNSON: The senior running back ran 15 times for 88 yards against Mississippi State. The Texarkana product turned in consecutive 100-yard-plus performances against Ole Miss and Tulsa, but had a tough day at South Carolina a week ago, gaining only 41 yards on 11 carries, dropping his yards per carry to 5.51 — sixth best in the Southeastern Conference among players with at least 100 carries.
LaDARIUS PERKINS: The junior tailback, out with a leg injury against LSU a week earlier, rushed for 91 yards on 17 carries to lead all rushers Saturday. Perkins went into the game against the Razorbacks ranked second in the SEC in all-purpose yards per game with 135.2. He also was third in the league in rushing, averaging 89.3 yards per game. Perkins had gone over 100 yards four times and rushed for 179 yards against Troy.