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Eckwood, Jerry - Football

ECKWOOD, JERRY – Football – University of Arkansas (1975-1978): – Eckwood was born in 1954 in Brinkley (Monroe County) and was a high school All-America football player; scoring 67 touchdowns during his high school career. A back injury sidelined Eckwood during his entire freshman year at the University of Arkansas as he had only 4 carries for the season. But no one ever had a better start than he did for the 1975 season. Eckwood rushed for at least 120 yards in each of the first five games of the year and scored at least one touchdown in each of those games. A knee injury then ended his sophomore season at the half-way point; but he was selected second-team All-Southwest Conference at the end of the year. He averaged 7.6 yards per carry – setting a school record; ranking #1 in the SWC and #2 in the nation. He played two more seasons at Arkansas and finished his career as the 5th leading ground-gainer in Razorback history. Jerry was a three-year starter at running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, leading the Bucs in rushing during his final NFL season.

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