Tom Murphy is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 football poll.
NFL Combine for 4 Hogs
South Squad center Travis Swanson of Arkansas (64) puts on his helmet during Senior Bowl practice at Fairhope Municipal Stadium, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 in Fairhope, Ala. (AP Photo/G.M. Andrews)
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas will have four players — kicker Zach Hocker, defensive end Chris Smith, center Travis Swanson and defensive tackle Robert Thomas — at the NFL Scouting Combine later this month, based on a 335-man list of invitees published Wednesday by NFLDraftScout.com.
The combine, which will take place Feb. 19-24 in Indianapolis, will feature a record 85 underclassmen. The NFL’s official list of invitees has not been made public and there is frequently late changes up to the week of the combine.
Smith and Swanson both got a week’s work in front of NFL personnel at the Senior Bowl last month in Mobile, Ala., playing for the South squad led by the Jacksonville Jaguars’ coaching staff. Hocker, Arkansas’ all-time leading scorer with 354 points, kicked three field goals for the winning East squad in the East-West Shrine game last month.
Thomas has recovered from a broken leg he suffered during Arkansas’ 52-7 homecoming loss to South Carolina on Oct. 12.