No surprise: Treylon Burks unanimous choice as Player of the Game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff

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In a day filled with highlights for just about everyone on the Arkansas roster, the Razorbacks’ best player was again the Razorbacks’ best player.

Arkansas wide receiver Treylon Burks is our unanimous Offensive Player of the Game after scoring three touchdowns in the Hogs’ 45-3 win over UAPB.

Defensively, Arkansas may have had a lapse or two, but the Razorbacks still managed to allow its reserves to get a majority of playing time. We still went with a pair of regulars.

Safety Myles Slusher made his case to get more run in the absence of Jalen Catalon and linebacker Hayden Henry continued his moderately surprising season as Arkansas’ best defender at that position, too.

Here are the Players of the Game for Arkansas against the Golden Lions.

Offense: WR Treylon Burks (Wayne, Nabors, Oxford)

Oct 23, 2021; Little Rock, Arkansas, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks wide receiver Treylon Burks (16) catches a pass for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Arkansas Pine Bluff Golden Lions at War Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

The best player on the Arkansas roster has been bringing in these accolades with regularity lately.

Burks, the best wide receiver in the SEC and perhaps the best in the nation, had his first career three-touchdown day against UAPB. He ran for a 49-yard score on a jet sweep; he caught an 18-yard score; he caught a 39-yard score.

The Golden Lions had no answer as Burks ultimately had four catches for 89 yards and the two touchdowns and another two carries for 56 yards and the touchdown.

Defense: S Myles Slusher (Wayne)

Texas A&M tight end Jalen Wydermyer (85) is tackled by Arkansas defensive back Myles Slusher (2) after a catch during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)

In a normal game, Slusher would have notched the most playing time he had had all season. But because of the lop-sidedness of the game, it wasn’t quite to be.

Still, it was Arkansas’ first game without All-American safety Jalen Catalon in the defensive backfield and Slusher stepped up. He had XX tackles, including one for-loss, a half-sack and an interception. Not a bad way to start a new role.

Defense: LB Bumper Pool (Nabors)

Arkansas defender Bumper Pool against Tennessee during an NCAA football game on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020 in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

Pool didn’t have to do much as Arkansas saw its reserves play a bulk of the time Saturday. The Hogs’ leading tackler this season still managed to make eight stops, including one for-loss. He has been consistent all year long and against the Golden Lions, it was no different.

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