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Arkansas tight end Williams big season netted Mackey award

D.J. Williams catching ball (courtesy of Arkansas athletics)

University of Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams was named the 2010 Mackey Award winner.

Williams is the first Mackey Award winner in Arkansas history. He is the NCAA’s active career leader in receptions and receiving yards by a tight end. His 147 career catches also place him second on Arkansas’ all-time list and are the most by a non-wide receiver in school history, and his 1,817 receiving yards place him 10th on the program’s all-time list.

The John Mackey Award, established in 2001, is awarded annually to the most outstanding tight end in FBS college football. In addition to demonstrating outstanding athletic prowess on the field, the award also stands for positive sportsmanship-like behavior, good academic standing & exceptional leadership abilities.

This season, the senior from Little Rock, Arkansas, leads the team with 49 receptions, which have netted 589 yards, the fifth-highest total on the team, and a single-season career-high four touchdowns. His 4.1 receptions-per-game average is sixth in the SEC this season.

Williams was the first Razorbacks to be named a semifinalist for the Mackey Award in 2008 and also was on the award’s watch list last season before being named one of three finalists this season.

Info courtesy of  Arkansas athletics

Arkansas TE D.J. Williams named to SEC Community Service Team

D.J. Williams (courtesy of Arkansas athletics)

University of Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams was named to the 16th annual SEC Football Community Service Team, which recognizes the superior community service efforts of the league’s student-athletes.

The Community Service Team consists of one student-athlete from each SEC school, nominated by the institution’s personnel, who has devoted himself to community service.

From participation in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program, to the local Boys & Girls Clubs and Children’s hospital, Williams has demonstrated he has a big heart and a passion for giving back to his community. He has used his stature as a prominent college football player to raise awareness and inspire others to abandon troubled relationships and seek help. Additionally, Williams has been involved in Lift Up America “Feeding the Hungry”, the Book Hogs Read to Win program, Thanksgiving Dinner at Homestyle Assisted Living Center, the Sweat Hogs program and was active in Razorback Relief: Operation Haiti at the Randal Tyson Indoor Track Center in which the Northwest Arkansas community packaged a record of more than 1.4 million meals for the starving population of Haiti still suffering from the earthquake.

In addition, Williams spoke to 1,200 elementary children at Bud Walton Arena as part of the Red Ribbon Rally during drug awareness week last month.

The senior from Little Rock, Arkansas, was presented with the Disney Spirit Award, given to college football’s most inspirational figure.

2010 SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE COMMUNITY SERVICE TEAM

Greg McElroy, QB, Alabama

D.J. Williams, TE, Arkansas

Zach Clayton, DL, Auburn

Ahmad Black, SS, Florida

Kris Durham, SE, Georgia

Marcus Davis, C, Kentucky

Drake Nevis, DT, LSU

Jerrell Powe, DT, Ole Miss

Derek Sherrod, OL, Mississippi State

Garrett Crisholm, OT, South Carolina

Daniel Lincoln, PK, Tennessee

John Stokes, LB, Vanderbilt

Info courtesy of Arkansas athletics

Bobby Petrino given new seven-year contract by Arkansas

Bobby Petrino (courtesy of Arkansas athletics)

The University of Arkansas and Bobby Petrino have agreed upon a new seven-year contract that will extend through the 2017 season.

The new agreement will supersede the remaining four years of the original employment agreement and will run through December 31, 2017.

In his three seasons at Arkansas, Petrino has lifted the program to unprecedented levels of success including leading the Razorbacks to a 10-2 regular season and the program’s first berth in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) in 2010.

Arkansas will be making its first BCS bowl appearance on January 4, when the #8 Razorbacks take on #6 Ohio State Buckeyes in the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana. Petrino will become only the third coach in NCAA Football to lead two different teams to a BCS bowl game. In 2007, he led the Louisville Cardinals to a victory in the Orange Bowl.

As part of the new agreement, Petrino will receive an increase in his average annual compensation to a total of $3.36 million a year during the length of the agreement. The increase to Petrino’s compensation package will be paid with athletic department-generated revenues and private gift support and will not include any taxpayer dollars or student fees. The new agreement will also expand the non-compete clause in Coach Petrino’s current contract to include all Southeastern Conference institutions, rather than being limited to western division schools only.

Coach Petrino is excited about the new agreement. “I am excited to express my commitment to the University of Arkansas. Chancellor Dave Gearhart and Jeff Long have been tremendous in terms of their support and I appreciate the positive energy the fans have demonstrated. I look forward to continuing to dedicate myself to leading the Razorback football program.”

Info courtesy of the Arkansas athletics

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: Future Razorback Bailey reaches milestone

(courtesy of Arkansas athletics)

Future University of Arkansas women’s basketball player Joey Bailey scored her 2,000th career high school point last week in Gunter, Texas.

Bailey finished the game with 25 points, eight assists and six rebounds and has now scored 2,023 career points.

She led Class 2A #10 Gunter to a 69-21 win over Pottsboro in the District 11-2A opener.

Bailey signed with the Razorbacks in November. She is currently ranked #15 by Joey Simmons’ Premier Basketball Report. The 6’3 forward was called “A solid all-around player. She has long range to play a wing and is physical enough to play a post. Good rebounder who boxes out well. A clutch free throw shooter. Can hit the 3 shot. Wants the ball in crucial situations.”

In addition, the Carolina Scouting Report lists Bailey as their #6 prospect for the Class of 2011.

Info courtesy of University of Arkansas athletics

Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett earns Walter Camp Player of the Week

(courtesy of Arkansas media relations)

University of Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett has been named the national offensive player of the week ending September 18 by The Walter Camp Football Foundation.

Mallett led the Razorbacks to a thrilling 31-24 road win at Georgia, with 380 yards of passing and three touchdowns. The native of Texarkana, Arkansas, threw the game-winning touchdown to Greg Childs for a 40-yard scoring play with 15 seconds left in the contest to seal the deal for Arkansas.

Mallett, quarterbacking the 12th-ranked Razorbacks to a 3-0 record, 1-0 in the Southeastern Conference with his performance, threw touchdown passes covering 57, 22 and 40 yards in the Georgia game. The win improved UA to 3-0 for the first time since 2003.

QB Ryan Mallett (courtesy of UA media relations)

Mallett’s season numbers are 1,081 yards of passing, completing 70-of-100 attempts for nine touchdowns. Mallett has one rushing touchdown. He currently is the NCAA leader in passing and ranks third in the country in total offense.

This is the seventh year that The Walter Camp Football Foundation has honored an offensive and defensive player per week during the regular season. The foundation, a New Haven-based all-volunteer group, was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp, who is called “The Father of American football”. Camp first selected an All-American team in 1889, with the Foundation’s goal to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.

Info courtesy of Arkansas media relations department

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