Arkansas OT David Hurd (6-6, 300, Jr.)
Key Statistics: Nine straight starts at offensive tackle
The former walk-on was an unlikely starter when the season began, but has maintained his role throughout 2012. He has faced some big tests, too, with defensive ends like Texas A&M’s Damontre Moore and Auburn’s Corey Lemonier. But Hurd and teammate Jason Peacock face their biggest to date today, squaring off with South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney. The sophomore has the potential to disrupt opponents single-handedly, which has been evident at times. So Hurd said the Arkansas front understands it has to be “great” if the Hogs intend to win.
South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney (6-6, 256, So.)
Key Statistics: Team-high 8 ½ sacks, 15 tackles for losses
Clowney has become one of the most dominant defensive players in the SEC as a sophomore. He is tied for second in the conference in both sacks and tackles for losses, wreaking havoc on offensive linemen. He is a semifinalist for both the Bednarik and Lombardi awards, but also remains on watch lists for others. His impact was evident in South Carolina’s last game, sacking Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray and forcing a fumble to help the Gamecocks secure a 38-35 win. Clowney is due for a similar performance if Arkansas’ tackles struggle in pass protection.
EDGE: South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney