Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double 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 Heisman Trophy.
Arkansas' Sanders named national player of the week
Arkansas linebacker Drew Sanders reacts after making a tackle during a game against South Carolina on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas linebacker Drew Sanders was named national defensive player of the week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation on Sunday.
Sanders recorded 11 tackles, 2 sacks and forced 2 fumbles during the Razorbacks’ 44-30 victory over South Carolina on Saturday. Eight of Sanders’ tackles were solo stops. He finished with 3 tackles for loss, 1 pass breakup and 1 quarterback hurry.
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Through two games since transferring from Alabama, Sanders has 16 tackles and leads the Razorbacks with three sacks.
“He's getting better each week because he's understanding (and) he's turning that loose a little bit more,” Arkansas coach Sam Pittman said Saturday. “And if you see today versus when he first came in the spring, you’d think we had two totally different people. But he's a really good player and a great kid, and I'm glad he had a good game today.”
Sanders is the second Arkansas linebacker to earn national player of the week from the Camp Foundation in the past two years. Hayden Henry won the honor last season following the Razorbacks’ Week 2 victory over Texas.
Arkansas, which moved to 10th in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll, is scheduled to host Missouri State next weekend.
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