LITTLE ROCK – Sophomore D.J. Williams and senior Casey Dick were among the honored guests at the Little Rock Touchdown Club banquet on Saturday night at the Embassy Suites. Williams was recognized as the Razorbacks’ most valuable player for the 2008 season while Dick was presented the prestigious Paul Eells Award.
Williams set a school record for receptions by a tight end in 2008 hauling in 61 receptions for 723 yards and three touchdowns. The only sophomore in the nation to be named as a John Mackey Award semifinalist, Williams earned first team All-Southeastern Conference honors after averaging 11.9 yards per catch.
Dick is the third recipient of the Paul Eells Award, an honor given in memory of the former Voice of the Razorbacks who passed away in a car accident prior to the 2006 football season. The Paul Eells Award is presented annually to the Razorback player who has exhibitedperseverance, determination, courage and resolve in the face of difficultcircumstances while also continuing to uphold the highest of standards asa player, teammate and student. The Allen, Texas, native joins former Arkansas wide receiver Robert Johnson and former running back Peyton Hillis as recipients of the Little Rock Touchdown Club’s highest honor.
Dick concluded his Razorback career ranking third on the school’s career passing list with 5,856 yards. In 2008, he completed 205 of 357 pass attempts for 2,586 yards and 13 touchdowns. His final pass as a Razorback resulted in a 24-yard touchdown with 21 seconds left to lead Arkansas to a come-from-behind 31-30 victory over the LSU Tigers at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.