Athlon Sports, publisher of the No. 1-selling college football magazine, continues the release of its preseason Top 25 poll at www.athlonsports.com. The countdown commences every year in early May and leads to the on-sale date of Athlon's category-leading college football preseason annuals.
To celebrate the Arkansas Razorbacks being named No. 13, AthlonSports.com will devote an entire day to the program, including a look at the Top 10 Players for 2012, the Greatest Players since 1967 and a Team Preview. (Direct links are included below.)
John L. Smith’s Arkansas Razorbacks continue the countdown at No. 13 with one preseason All-American and nine players selected as All-SEC performers. Athlon Sports predicts Arkansas will finish third in the SEC’s Western Division. In the five year period from 2007-11, Athlon Sports was one of the most accurate preseason magazines in prediction accuracy.*
“The Razorbacks could have another special season with Tyler Wilson leading the way,” says Athlon Sports Managing Editor Mitch Light. “There will be an adjustment with John L. Smith taking over in Fayetteville, but Arkansas has the talent to be in the SEC West hunt.”
One Arkansas standout was named a preseason All-American, with offensive lineman Alvin Bailey being voted to the first team. In addition, the Arkansas quarterbacks unit was ranked No. 5 nationally.
Nine Razorbacks earned preseason All-SEC honors, including Bailey, running back Knile Davis, wide receiver Cobi Hamilton and tight end Chris Gragg on the first team. Quarterback Tyler Wilson and linebacker Alonzo Highsmith were named to the second team, while offensive lineman Travis Swanson, kicker Zach Hocker and kick returner Dennis Johnson garnered third-team honors.
*Stassen.com analysis of college football preseason publications.