Five Razorbacks on senior bowl watch list
FAYETTEVILLE - Five members of the University of Arkansas football team were named to the Senior Bowl watch list, which was released on Tuesday.
Wide receiver Javontee Herndon, defensive tackle Byran Jones, defensive end Chris Smith, center Travis Swanson and defensive tackle Robert Thomas were all included on the list.
Herndon has played in 37 games as a Razorback and made three starts. The Jacksonville, Fla., native has caught 31 passes for 473 yards and three touchdowns. He also has recorded 11 tackles while contributing on special teams.
A native of Junction City, Ark., Jones has played in 35 games, including 29 starts, in his collegiate career. Jones has recorded 122 tackles, including 10.5 for loss with 2.5 sacks, six quarterback hurries, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick.
Smith, who is on the preseason watch list for the Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Lombardi Award, CFPA Defensive Lineman Trophy and Hendricks Award, has seen action in 31 games with 15 starts and recorded 86 tackles, 19.0 for loss with 13.0 sacks, 14 quarterback hurries, six pass breakups and one forced fumble. A native of Mount Ulla, N.C., Smith ranks tied for 12th in school history in career sacks.
Named to the preseason watch list for the Rimington Trophy, Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy, Swanson has started all 38 games of his Razorback career and blocked for three seasons with a 3,000-yard passer, including the first season in school history with a 3,000-yard passer and a 1,000-yard rusher in 2010. A native of Kingwood, Texas, Swanson was named second-team All-SEC by the Associated Press in 2012.
Thomas has played in 24 games with seven starts since transferring to Arkansas in the spring of 2011. A Muskogee, Okla., native, Thomas has made 41 tackles, 7.5 for loss with 3.5 sacks, and seven quarterback hurries.
The Senior Bowl is college football's premier senior showcase event, annually featuring the nation's best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams coached by NFL coaching staffs. Senior Bowl practices and game week festivities are attended by more than 800 general managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and other front office personnel from all 32 National Football League teams, making Mobile and the Senior Bowl the week-long host to a one-of-a-kind NFL Coaches Convention. This year's game is set for Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., and will be televised on the NFL