6 Hogs on Phil Steele's preseason All-SEC teams

By: Scottie Bordelon
Published: Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Arkansas running back Rakeem Boyd (5) runs for a touchdown during the first quarter of a game against Kentucky on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, in Lexington, Ky.
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Arkansas running back Rakeem Boyd (5) runs for a touchdown during the first quarter of a game against Kentucky on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, in Lexington, Ky.

Six Arkansas football players were named to Phil Steele’s preseason All-SEC teams on Tuesday.

Senior running back Rakeem Boyd highlights the group as a second-team selection, and sophomore receiver Treylon Burks received third-team recognition. Senior center Ty Clary, junior linebacker Bumper Pool, senior receiver De’Vion Warren and senior long snapper Jordan Silver were listed on the fourth team.

Boyd, Warren and Silver landed on Steele’s fourth team last season.

A native of Houston, Boyd has led the Razorbacks in rushing each of the last two seasons. He rushed for 1,133 yards and eight touchdowns in 2019, surpassing the 1,000-yard mark against Western Kentucky in early November.

Boyd has rushed for 100-plus yards eight times at Arkansas, making him one of 16 running backs in program history to do so.

Burks, a former standout at Warren High School, started nine of 11 games played as a freshman last fall and led the Razorbacks in receiving yards with 475 on 29 catches. His 16.4 yards-per-catch average ranked second among SEC freshmen.

Burks was dynamic on special teams, too, particularly punt return. He returned 12 punts for a total of 130 yards, the most in a season since 2011 (Joe Adams 321), and totaled 226 yards on 10 kickoff returns.

Clary started all 12 games in 2019 and was on the field for 767 plays, the most of any Arkansas player. He did not allow a sack in 443 pass protection snaps. Silver also appeared in each game last season. He recovered a fumble on punt coverage against Mississippi State.

Warren, a Monroe, La., native, returned 16 kickoffs for 326 yards last season, an average of 20.4 yards per touch. Nine of his 16 returns went for 20-plus yards. He also caught four passes for 19 yards and rushed five times for 51 yards.

Pool, expected to be a leader on defense in 2020, finished second on the team in tackles in 2019 with 94, a career high. The Texas native added 6.5 tackles for loss and was credited with five pass breakups.

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