Cam Little

Freshman kicker Cameron Little watches his kick sail through the uprights during Arkansas’ 40-21 victory over Texas. Little earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors for his efforts against the Longhorns.

The newly-ranked No. 20 Arkansas football team enjoyed a dominant 40-21 victory over the formerly-ranked Texas Longhorns on Saturday at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

With their performance, the Hogs captured some weekly awards for players including senior linebacker Grant Morgan, redshirt senior linebacker Hayden Henry and freshman kicker Cam Little.

Morgan received a grade of 88 from Pro Football Focus on 44 snaps. He contributed 13 total tackles, with 2.5 of them being for losses. Morgan earned Chuck Bednarik Award National Player of the Week honors Tuesday for his efforts.

During the game, Morgan sustained a leg injury and Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman said Monday the status of Morgan is not known if he will be able to compete in the Hogs’ next matchup.

"You know, he’s tough," Pittman said. "I expect him to go out to practice today and do what he can do. He’s still a little bit day by day. We’ll know a little bit more about him, how he feels, at practice today, as soon as practice is over."

Henry was named Walter Camp National Player of the Week and Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week, wrangling 15 total tackles, with 2.5 being for losses. In 54 snaps, he earned a grade of 64.6 from PFF.

Arkansas limited its passing game with sophomore quarterback KJ Jefferson. Jefferson went 14-19 passing with 138 yards and an interception. However, he utilized his legs for 10 carries and 73 yards, including a 34-yard scamper. Jefferson was the second-highest graded Razorback on the offense at 82.7.

The Razorbacks gained 333 yards rushing and 7.1 yards per carry. All four of their touchdowns came from different running backs.

Little's performance was the definition of consistency as he was 4-4 on field goal attempts as well as 4-4 on extra point attempts. His efforts on the field earned him the honor of SEC Freshman of the Week.

“I think the experience I gained during the spring, going into the summer with lifting and stuff like that,” Little said on how he has improved his game. “Just gaining the extra strength and confidence through my operation, I think it really just helped.”

Pittman said he was very pleased with Little’s performance, and that Little has come a long way since the spring.

“He wasn't very good last spring,” Pittman said. “He's very good now. He can even slide them in off the goal post now.”

PFF graded the Razorbacks with a 78.5 in both offense and defense, which demonstrates that Arkansas still has work to do before entering conference play.

“We’ve got a long way to go, but (the win) sure was nice,” Pittman said “The one thing about our guys: They like to be coached, and they like to be told the truth.”

The Hogs shot up to No. 20 in the nation, their first Top 25 ranking since 2016.

The Razorbacks will face off against the Georgia Southern Eagles on Saturday in Fayetteville. Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on the SEC Network.

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