Matt Jones has been the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and NWA Media since 2010. He is also a feature writer for Hawgs Illustrated magazine and is currently working on his Master's degree at the University of Arkansas.
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Best Sports Memories: Watching Arkansas' basketball national championship in 1994; being at the Georgia Dome when the tornado hit during the 2008 SEC Tournament; countless hours spent at Baum Stadium in the spring.
Favorite Fayetteville Restaurants: Noodles, Penguin Ed's and Mojitos
Education: University of Arkansas
Hocker's field goals help lift East to win
Former Arkansas kicker Zach Hocker made three field goals to help the East to a 23-13 win in the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday in St. Petersburg, Fla.
FAYETTEVILLE Former Arkansas kicker Zach Hocker made three field goals to help the East to a 23-13 win in the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Hocker connected on field goals of 31, 35 and 56 yards, and also made a pair of extra points. Hocker's 56-yard kick snapped a 13-13 tie early in the fourth quarter.
The Russellville native will now look to make a NFL team later this year. More than 100 players from last year's Shrine game wound up in NFL camps.
Hocker finished his career as the Razorbacks' all-time leading scorer and the 10th-leading scorer in Southeastern Conference history. As a senior he made 13 of 15 field goal attempts, including a 54-yard kick in Arkansas' home finale against Mississippi State.