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.
Irwin-Hill named to watch list
Sam Irwin-Hill of Arkansas runs the ball before punting it away Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 during the third quarter of the game against Louisiana at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
Arkansas' Sam Irwin-Hill is one of 25 players on the preseason watch list for the Ray Guy Award, which is presented to college football's best punter.
Irwin-Hill averaged 44.3 yards per punt as a junior. The ambidextrous, rugby-style kicker led the Southeastern Conference with 20 punts downed inside the 20-yard line.
The Razorbacks have had five players named to preseason watch lists this week. Running backs Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams are on the watch list for the Maxwell Award, defensive end Trey Flowers is on the watch list for the Bednarik Award and tight end Hunter Henry is on the watch list for the Mackey Award.