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
Bucknam, McLeod earn SEC honors
Arkansas freshman Omar McLeod competes in the 60-meter hurdles during a dual meet against Texas on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas coach Chris Bucknam and sprinter Omar McLeod earned postseason awards from the Southeastern Conference on Friday.
Bucknam was named the league's coach of the year and McLeod was named co-freshman runner of the year for the indoor season. The Razorbacks won the SEC team championship last week for the third consecutive season indoors.
The coach of the year award is Bucknam's 12th from the SEC in cross country and indoor and outdoor track & field. Bucknam has led Arkansas to a combined nine consecutive league championships in the three sports.
McLeod, a Jamaica native, finished runner-up in the 60 meter hurdles at the SEC meet. He is qualified for the event at next week's NCAA Championships in Albuquerque, N.M.