FAYETTEVILLE - Despite Arkansas’ SEC winless season, 0-8 in the league and 2-10 overall, Razorbacks senior offensive guard/center Hjalte Froholdt and junior linebacker De’Jon “Scoota” Harris played so well to be honored Second-Team All-SEC by the Associated Press, it was announced Monday.
Froholdt, a native of Denmark first gaining football prominence as a high school foreign exchange student in Ohio, was signed by former Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema’s regime as a defensive offensive lineman in 2015 and moved from a reserve D-lineman to starting offensive guard in the spring of 2016. Froholdt started at left guard in 2016 and 2017 and started every game in 2018 for new Coach Chad Morris’ Razorbacks at either left guard or center depending upon team needs.
Froholdt played 542 snaps at guard and 260 snaps at center and did allow a sack on 440 pass-blocking snaps according to Pro Football Focus which graded Froholdt fourth best among SEC offensive linemen.
Harris, a 3-year letterman from Harvey, La. honored as Second-Team All-SEC in 2017, repeated Second-Team All-SEC in 2018 while leading the SEC in total tackles, 118, and solo tackles, 62. For the second consecutive year Harris led the Razorbacks in tackles, nine, for lost yardage, and was Arkansas’ leading tackler in seven of its 12 games and in seven games made at least 10 tackles.
As had been anticipated since not traveling to Arkansas’ last two games ending the season at Mississippi State and Missouri after opening the season as Arkansas’ starting quarterback, third-year sophomore Cole Kelley posted on Twitter that he is transferring from the UA after the fall semester’s final exams.
“This was one of the toughest decisions I have ever had to make,” Kelley posted. “And through great difficulty, I have decided that I will be transferring from the University of Arkansas. After talking my family, friends and my coaches, I feel it is best that I move on from this university. Arkansas will always hold a special place in my heart. I have made some really special friends here and I love all my brothers that I went to work with everyday. I will always love the Razorbacks and I hope nothing but the best for my brothers in the future.”
Touted for his 6-7, 260 size and strong arm while redshirting as a freshman for the Bielema regime in 2016, Kelley of Lafayette, La., Kelley in 2017 was the backup to senior quarterback Austin Allen and started four games when Allen was injured. In nine games total, Kelley in 2017 completed 87 of 151 passes for 1,030 yards with eight touchdowns against four interceptions. For Bielema’s final 4-8, 1-7 Arkansas team, Kelley started the lone SEC victory over Ole Miss.
Under Morris, Kelley started the 2018 season opening victory over lower division Eastern Illinois but was surpassed during the game by junior Ty Storey, the backup quarterback who had waged a close battle with Kelley for the starting job.
Storey started the next game against Colorado State but was surpassed by Kelley who forged Arkansas to a 27-17 lead during the third quarter in Fort Collins, Colo. but Arkansas but Arkansas lost, 34-27.
Kelley started and struggled throwing four interceptions in Arkansas’ 44-17 loss to North Texas State and was replaced by freshmen Connor Noland and John Stephen Jones during the fourth quarter.
It marked Kelley’s last start with Storey, and Noland once when Storey was injured, starting thereafter.
Kelley did throw a touchdown pass against Ole Miss but mainly was use on goal-line situations.
For his nine games in 2018 Kelley completed 35 of 67 passes for 455 yards with five touchdowns vs. five interceptions. He rushed for three touchdowns during his 28 carries for 73 net yards.
In Springdale Monday, wide receiver Hunter Renfroe of ACC champion nationally No. 2 Clemson received the Brandon Burlsworth Award honoring the 2018 best player who began his career as a walk-on.
The late Brandon Burlsworth of Harrison, lettering for the Razorbacks from 1995-1998, began his career as a walk-on offensive lineman and ended it as an All-American offensive guard and Academic All-American.’
Burlsworth died in an automobile accident shortly after being drafted by the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts.