2021 All-SEC FB awards

Razorback senior cornerback Montaric Brown looks to the sideline during the Hogs’ 38-23 loss to Auburn on Oct. 16. Brown earned First Team All-SEC honors Tuesday.

After a season of rebirth and redemption, three Razorbacks stood among the best at their positions in the Southeastern Conference.

Junior wide receiver Treylon Burks and senior cornerback Montaric Brown each made the All-SEC First Team, while senior linebacker Bumper Pool made the second team. Burks and Pool were both second team All-SEC in 2020.

Burks, a Warren native, proved to be one of the best receivers in the conference, catching 66 passes for 1,104 yards and 11 touchdowns. He ranked top-five in yards and touchdowns and top-10 in receptions. Burks produced four games with a Pro Football Focus grade of 85 or higher, which led all SEC receivers, and his 94.8 grade in the red zone led all receivers nationally.

No other Razorback receiver came close to Burks’ production this season. He had more than triple the receptions, yards and touchdowns of any other Hog in 2021. He also ran the ball 14 times for 112 yards and a touchdown, proving his worth as a multi-dimensional threat with the ball in his hands.

This season was a record one for Brown. The corner from Ashdown put receivers on lockdown, as he more than doubled his career interception total in 2021 alone. He entered the season with two picks in 29 career games.

Brown tied for the SEC lead with five interceptions, including a game-saving pick in overtime versus LSU. Brown added 10 passes defended and a forced fumble to his season stats as well. He played well down the stretch, defending five passes and recording two interceptions in the last four games.

Pool was second in the conference with a career-high 120 tackles, including 7.5 tackles for loss. The Lucas, Texas, product has been an impact player since stepping on campus at Arkansas, playing in 43 of 46 games. His 344 career tackles is good for ninth on the all-time list of Razorbacks.

Pool anchored a trio of linebackers that included 2020 All-SEC First Team linebacker Grant Morgan and senior linebacker Hayden Henry, who totaled more sacks in 2021 than his other three seasons combined. The three linebackers were the leaders of the Razorback defense and all ranked top-10 in the conference in tackles.

The Hogs will get to play together one more time when they take on the Penn State Nittany Lions in the Outback Bowl at 11:00 a.m. New Year’s Day in Tampa, Florida.

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