FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas running back Alex Collins has been named the Southeastern Conference's Freshman of the Week.

Collins earned the honor after leading the Razorbacks to a 31-21 win against Samford in Little Rock. The freshman rushed for a game-high 172 yards and a touchdown, helping Arkansas erase a 21-17 deficit in the fourth quarter. His touchdown - which was the first of his Arkansas career - gave the Razorbacks a 10-point lead.

"It was nice to see him provide that spark plug there in that third quarter, fourth quarter when we kind of just, we were waiting for something to happen," Arkansas running backs coach Joel Thomas said. "The front did a great job and he was able to hold true to his reads and make a guy miss in the secondary. And kind of get the juice going again in that offense. It was good to see. Out in the field, I got him a couple more snaps as far as some pass protection things and just try to keep growing his game and get him more snaps."

He became the first freshman in school history to top the 100-yard mark in each of his first two games as well, teaming with sophomore Jonathan Williams to give the Razorbacks a powerful one-two punch in the backfield. They helped Arkansas top the 300-yard rushing mark for the first time since 2010.

Collins leads the SEC in rushing and ranks sixth in the nation after two games (152.5 yards).

Robbie Neiswanger Arkansas News Bureau