FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas senior center Jonathan Luigs and sophomore tight end D.J. Williams were named to SI.com’s All-America honorable mention list for the 2009 season it was announced on Tuesday.
Luigs was a Rimington Trophy finalist in his senior season, a trophy that is awarded to the nation’s best center, and was the winner of the award as a junior. The Little Rock, Ark., native has been Arkansas’ most decorated athlete this year with two All-America honors, four All-SEC accolades, one pre-season All-SEC nod and three pre-season watch lists. Luigs was also named a Phil Steele Third-Team All-American last week.
The anchor of Arkansas’ offensive line, Luigs helped running back Michael Smith become the ninth Razorback in history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Since he joined the Razorbacks, Arkansas has produced six 1,000-yard rushing seasons between Darren McFadden, Felix Jones and Smith and in 2008 the Razorbacks also set a single season passing record with more than 3,000 yards in the air.
Williams has also been highly decorated since the 2008 season ended for the Razorbacks on Nov. 28. The SI.com honor is the first All-America award of Williams’ career and joins his John Mackey Award semifinalist recognition and College Football News All-Sophomore Second-Team award as his national honors. Williams was also named to three All-SEC First-Teams and a second-team.
Arkansas’ leading receiver this season with a near school record 61 receptions, Williams had a breakout season. He ranked among the nations’ top receivers all year long in both receptions and receiving yards per game and was the only sophomore to be named a Mackey Award semifinalist. The Mackey Award goes to the nation’s best tight end.
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