Tom Murphy is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 football poll. Murphy was the 2017 Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year.
UA's Williams top SEC freshman
Arkansas' Lauren Williams competes Friday, Jan. 13, 2023, in the floor competition of the Razorbacks' meet with Alabama in Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas gymnast Lauren Williams was named SEC freshman of the week Tuesday by the conference office.
The Rogers native scored career highs on both the vault (9.925) and the floor exercise (9.925) as the Razorbacks posted a program-record score of 197.475 in a win over LSU on Friday before a sold-out crowd at Barnhill Arena.
Williams ranks No. 23 nationally on the floor exercise with an average score of 9.9, the highest among SEC freshmen and sixth-highest in the conference. She is also No. 43 on vault, leading all SEC freshman with an average score of 9.856. Williams has not scored below 9.875 on the floor or below 9.8 on the vault.
Williams is the first Razorback to be honored by the SEC since the 2021 season and she’s the first Arkansas gymnast to be named freshman of the week since Sarah Shaffer on March 20, 2018.
No. 18 Arkansas will return to action Friday at Walton Arena in Fayetteville against No. 2 Florida at 7 p.m.
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