Fayetteville, Arkansas – Three Arkansas Razorbacks were selected to the 2021 Associated Press (AP) All-SEC First and Second Teams, as junior WR Treylon Burks was named to the first team, while junior C Rickey Stromberg and senior LB Bumper Pool earned second team recognition.
Burks posted one of the best seasons by a receiver in program history, recording 66 catches for 1,104 yards (16.7 ypc) and 11 touchdowns, while also being a threat on the ground with 15 carries for 112 yards (8.0 ypc) and a touchdown. He ranked second in the SEC in receiving touchdowns, third in receiving yards per game (92.0), fourth in receiving yards and sixth in receptions per game (5.5). The Warren, Ark. product set a program record totaling six 100+ yard receiving games in a season and became just the fourth receiver in school history to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark in a year. His 11 receiving touchdowns are tied for second-most in school history. Burks is joined by Alabama WR Jameson Williams on the first team; the duo are the only receivers in the SEC to total at least 1,000 receiving yards and 10 receiving touchdowns this season. Cobi Hamilton was the last Arkansas wideout to earn first-team honors from the AP in 2012. This is Burks’ first career appearance on the first team and second career postseason award from the coaches after being named to the second team last season. The receiver was named to the coaches’ first team earlier this week.
Stromberg anchored Arkansas’ offensive line, starting a career-high 12 games at center and blocking for an offense that ranked second in the conference rushing for 217.3 yards per game. His 77.2 run blocking grade from Pro Football Focus ranks third among SEC centers that played at least 700 snaps (793). He paved the way for the Razorbacks to rush for 2,608 yards, the program’s most since 2015. The Tulsa, Okla. native was named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List, awarded to the nation’s top center, before the season.
Pool earned his first recognition from the AP after earning second-team recognition from the conference’s coaches in each of the last two seasons. The linebacker ranks second in the SEC and tied for 10th nationally, logging a career-high 120 tackles. His seven games producing double-digit tackles is tied for third nationally. The Lucas, Texas product also added 7.5 tackles for loss, which ranks second on the team, and two passes broken up to his season stat line. Pool has tallied 344 career tackles, placing eighth in the program’s record book. Over the last three seasons (2019-21), his 315 tackles are second in FBS in that span. Pool’s honor gives Arkansas at least one linebacker with All-SEC honors from the AP for the fourth straight year.
Under second-year head coach Sam Pittman, the Razorbacks won eight games during the regular season – the most regular season wins for the program since 2011 – and will meet Penn State in the Outback Bowl at 11 a.m. CT on Jan. 1, 2022.