Smith Named SEC Co-Defensive Lineman Of Week


FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas defensive end Chris Smith was named the Southeastern Conference's co-defensive lineman of the week on Monday.

Smith earned the honor after helping the Razorbacks earn a 19-15 win against Tulsa last Saturday. Smith sacked Tulsa quarterback Cody Green and forced a fumble that was recovered by defensive tackle Byran Jones in the final minute to wrap up the win. He shared the award with Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd

Smith also finished with a team-high 8 tackles, 1 1/2 tackles for losses, two quarterback hurries and two pass breakups in the win.

"I knew I was going to be one on one with the tackle," Smith said about his game-clinching play. "So I just had to win one on one. (Defensive ends) coach (Steve) Caldwell challenged me. He said, 'Hey man, make a play in the clutch.' That’s what I wanted to do."

Smith ranks fourth in the SEC with 5 1/2 sacks this season and is tied for 10th with 8 tackles for loss. Smith also leads the Razorbacks in quarterback hurries (10) and his tackle total (37) is the highest among Arkansas' defensive linemen.

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau