Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A two-time graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Portis gets freshman of the week
NWA Media/ANDY SHUPE - Arkansas freshman Bobby Portis, left, drives to the basket as Alabama junior Carl Engstrom defends during the first half of play Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas' Bobby Portis got a birthday present from the Southeastern Conference on Monday.
The Razorbacks' center was named freshman of the week by the SEC for the third time. Portis turned 19 on Monday.
Portis scored 35 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and blocked 6 shots last Wednesday in a win over Alabama. His point total was the highest ever for an Arkansas freshman in a single game.
He added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the Razorbacks' road win over Vanderbilt on Saturday.