John Mackey Award: D.J. Williams
During his senior year, Williams became one of the most reliable weapons for outstanding quarterback Ryan Mallett. His production declined from his sophomore to junior year, but then returned to form in his senior year, catching 49 balls for 589 yards and four touchdowns. He is also the active NCAA career leader in catches (147) and receiving yards (1,817). He became one of the most feared receivers as well as blockers on a Razorback offense that helped lift Arkansas to the Sugar Bowl to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes. In recognition of his abilities on the field as well as off of it, he was also honored with the Disney Spirit Award, given to the nation’s most inspiring player.
Williams’ most impressive game was Arkansas’ 58-21 win over the UTEP Miners. Williams hauled in five catches for 58 yards, two of which went for touchdowns. His outstanding blocking also helped the Razorbacks gain 326 yards on the ground against the Miners.