Four former players, longtime trainer for Hogs get Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame nod
Former Razorback football greats Shawn Andrews, Jerry Eckwood, Brison Manor and Kevin Scanlon join longtime University of Arkansas athletics trainer Dean Weber and five other inductees as members of the 2018 class of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame it was announced.
“Congratulations to these outstanding former Razorbacks on their selection to the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. “This year’s class represents some of the very best to ever take the football field for the University of Arkansas as well Dean Weber, a longtime athletics trainer and administrator with the Razorbacks. They are all richly deserving of induction into our state’s hall of fame.”
The 2018 Hall of Fame Class consisted of six inductees from the regular category and four inductees from the senior category. In addition to the five Razorbacks selected, the class includes Jeff Hartwig, John Hutchcraft, Jerry Mukenstrum, Bettye Wallace and Oliver Elders.
The class will be formally inducted at the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Banquet in Little Rock on Friday, April 6, 2018. The Hall of Fame inducted its first class in 1959.
Shawn Andrews, Football
Andrews was a Parade, USA Today, and Prep Reports All-American at Camden High School as an offensive lineman. His awards continued in college – he made the All-America Team in 2002 and 2003 and won both the Jim Parker Trophy and the Jacob Blocking Trophy in 2003.
He was a finalist for both the Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy in 2003.
He made 1st team All-SEC in both 2002 and 2003 and was a first round draft pick. Shawn played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 2004 to 2009 and finished his career with the New York Giants in 2010. His play earned him a spot in 2 Pro Bowls – 2006 and 2007 – and All-Pro in 2006.
Jerry Eckwood, Football
Eckwood was a highly recruited running back out of Brinkley, Arkansas, rushing for 2,616 yards in 1973. He was signed by the Arkansas Razorbacks by then-head coach Frank Broyles. He played for the Razorbacks from 1975–78, and was a three-year letterman (’75, ’76, ’78), playing both for Broyles and Lou Holtz. Eckwood was named 1st Team All Southwest Conference in 1975, rushing for 792 yards on 104 carries. His 7.62 yards per carry that season remained a school record until shattered by Felix Jones in 2007.
He had six 100-yard rushing games in his Razorback career, five of those games occurring in 1975. Eckwood was taken in the third round of the 1979 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was the Buccaneers’ second- leading rusher with 690 yards on 194 carries. He was, at the time, one of only 11 running backs to have gained 100 yards in his first professional game.
Tampa Bay made the first playoff appearance in franchise history in 1979, advancing to the NFC Championship Game, where they lost to the Los Angeles Rams 9-0. In 1980, Eckwood was again second in rushing with 504 yards, and was also second on the team with 47 receptions. 1981, he led the Buccaneers in rushing with 651 yards on 172 carries (3.8 avg.). In his final NFL season, Tampa Bay finished with a 9-7 record, losing in the first round of the 1981 NFL playoffs to the Dallas Cowboys.
Eckwood rushed 515 times for 1845 yards (3.6 avg.) and six touchdowns in his 3-year NFL career and was the starter in 30 of the 47 games he played in, all with the Buccaneers. He also caught 93 passes for 956 yards (10.3 avg.) and one touchdown. Eckwood was selected the 79th greatest player in Buccaneer history in 2007.
Brison Manor, Football
A three-year letterman in both football and wrestling at Bridgeton High School, receiving post-season accolades. As an Arkansas Razorback he played defensive tackle on the team that beat USC. He finished the season as the second-leading tackler for the Razorbacks with 82 stops, including seven tackles for loss and three pass deflections. As a junior in 1973, Manor totaled 91 tackles, including 50 solo stops. He represented Arkansas in the All-American Bowl in Tampa, Fla., in 1973.
He enjoyed an eight-year NFL career after leaving Arkansas, playing for Denver from 1977-83 and appearing for Tampa Bay and Denver in 1984. In the NFL he played defensive end and was the leading pass-rusher for the Broncos. He was part of the famed “Orange Crush Defense,” and played in Denver’s first Super Bowl. All-Region IV, All-Tri County, All-South Jersey, All-SWC, University of Arkansas Hall of Honor.
Kevin Scanlon, Football
A transfer from NC State, Kevin followed Coach Lou Holtz to AR & played 2 years for the Hogs, lettering in his junior year (’78), & starting for the Hogs his senior year. In 1979, he passed for 9 TD’s, ran for 7 TD’s, & led the SWC in total offense (1,460 yds.) & TD’s (16). He completed 92 of 139 passes – 66.2% accuracy – which was an AR record then and still stands today. He was All-SWC as a quarterback in 1979 & guided the Hogs to a 10-2 record & a Sugar Bowl appearance. During that time period, four associations (AP, UP, Houston Post, Dallas Morning News) named SWC Players of the Year, and Scanlon was the AP’s pick for SWC Offensive Player of the year. He was selected to play in the Japan Bowl, was a Davey O’Brien Award finalist, and was inducted into the U of A Sports Hall of Honor in 2010.
Dean Weber, Athletics Trainer and Administrator
Weber has spent most of his time at the University of Arkansas as the Razorbacks’ head athletic trainer. During his 35-year tenure in that position, he won numerous awards and honors. Weber is a 1998 inductee into the Arkansas Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame. In the same year, he and former assistant Kevin Pitts, were recognized by the same organization as the Arkansas Athletic Trainers of the Year. Weber was inducted into the UA Sports Hall of Honor in 2000 and he is also a member of the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame. His professional career brought Weber national recognition for his work with athletic shoes as they apply to playing surfaces and for his research on turf toe injuries. In 1984, Weber was selected to the United States Olympic Team as athletic trainer after previously serving on the athletic training staff at the National Sports Festival three times. Weber joined the Arkansas staff in March 1973, after serving as assistant athletic trainer at North Carolina. He has participated in 26 bowl games as an athletic trainer, including every Razorback bowl game from the 1976 Cotton Bowl to the 2008 Cotton Bowl. In addition, Weber has twice been on the athletic training staff at the Japan Bowl and worked with teams that advanced to the NCAA Final Four twice while he was at North Carolina. He is currently an assistant director with the Razorback Foundation.