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Former Razorbacks Set to Play in Super Bowl LII

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Super Bowl LII

(Deatrich) Patriots defensive lineman Deatrich Wise recorded 49 total tackles as a senior at Arkansas in 2016. He was drafted by New England in the fourth round. (Trey) Patriots defensive lineman Trey Flowers made a name for himself in the professional ranks when he sacked Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in Super Bowl LI on Feb. 5, 2017.

 

 

Hogs fans are going to have the opportunity to watch two former Razorbacks take the field in Super Bowl LII.

Defensive ends Deatrich Wise Jr. and Trey Flowers will be trying to wreak havoc in the Philadelphia Eagles backfield for the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

This will be Flowers’ second-consecutive Super Bowl appearance.

“It’s big, just the fashion of how we got to [the Super Bowl],” Flowers said in an article from The Detroit News. “It took complete, four-quarter games. It took everybody. It’s pretty big.”

Flowers played for Arkansas from 2011-2014, during which he accumulated a total of 190 tackles and 47.5 tackles for a loss. Flowers had 18.0 sacks in his career putting him at No. 7 all-time in program history. In his senior season, he started every game and was named to the Coaches All-Southeastern Conference Second Team.

After his time with the Razorbacks, Flowers was drafted in the fourth round as the No. 101 overall pick to the Patriots in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Flowers missed most of his rookie season because of injury. He was placed on the injury reserve list with a shoulder and knee injury on Dec. 1, 2015.

In his second season, the former Hog played in all 16 games and started the final eight. Flowers had a breakout season with a team-leading seven sacks, which all came in the nine games of the season. He also led the Patriots in sacks during Super Bowl LI with 2.5, including one that knocked the Atlanta Falcons out of field-goal range that sealed the victory for the Patriots.

This season, Flowers again leads the team in sacks with 6.5. He started in 14 games and missed two due to a rib injury.. In his last outing the AFC championship game against the Jacksonville Jaguars  on Jan. 21, Flowers played in 37 pass-rush snaps while pressuring the quarterback in six of those plays.

“I would like to say that playing at the University of Arkansas helped me and taught me a lot about life,” Wise said. “It taught me how to be resilient. It taught me how to face adversity… playing at Arkansas was a great decision and move for me to further my career.”

Wise played for Arkansas from 2012-2016. During his career, he played in 50 games with 10 starts. He had 112 total tackles, including 23 that went for a loss. He is No. 10 on Arkansas’ sack list, accumulating 16.5 sacks in his career. On Sept. 6, 2016, Wise earned the accolade of SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week after his performance against Louisiana Tech where he tallied seven tackles and a half sack.

“It’s wonderful to go to a Super Bowl,” Wise said. “But it’s even better to share the experience with someone you know and grew up with.”

Wise was drafted in the fourth round by the Patriots as the No. 131 pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. He has made an appearance in all 16 games of the season and started in three games. Wise had five sacks on the season and 26 total tackles.

“Going to the Super Bowl is kind of a dream come true,” Wise said.

Eagles offensive lineman Jason Peters and Patriots wide receiver Cody Hollister will not be playing, but they’re still on the rosters for each team. Peters was carted off in the third quarter during his team’s game against the Washington Redskins on Oct. 23. He suffered a torn ACL and MCL and was told he would miss the rest of the season. Hollister, on the other hand, is a reserve receiver for the Pats. He’ll be on the sidelines should New England need him to play.

Flowers and Wise will get their chance at the Lombardi Trophy when they take on the Eagles in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at U.S. Bank Stadium on Feb. 4.  

“We understand we’ve got one more,” Flowers said in an article from The Detroit News. “It doesn’t come easy. The next team is gonna be the best we’ve played all year. It’s a tough task.”

 

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