John Mackey Award: D.J. Williams

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on December 18, 2010


The John Mackey Award is presented annually to the best tight end in the nation. This year, D.J. Williams of the Arkansas Razorbacks earned this prestigious designation.

 

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.

Gil Alcaraz IV

Gil is the owner of the Minnesota Vikings blog, The Viking Den, and an editorial writer for Lakers Nation. Having followed the NFL Draft for years, Gil has had a knack for naming some of the big surprise players to make it in the NFL. Gil is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America. See all posts by Gil Alcaraz IV.