FAYETTEVILLE – University of Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams has been named one of eight semifinalists for the 2010 Mackey Award as announced Monday.
Williams is the NCAA’s active career leader in receptions and receiving yards by a tight end. His 140 career catches, 46 more than the next-closest tight end, also place him third on Arkansas’ all-time list, and his 1,719 receiving yards, 347 more than the second-place tight end on the list, place him 10th on the program’s all-time list.
This season, the senior from Little Rock, Ark., ranks second on the team with 42 receptions, which have netted 491 yards, the fourth-highest total on the team, and three touchdowns. His 4.2 receptions-per-game average is sixth in the SEC this season.
Williams is a Mackey Award semifinalist for the second time in his career after becoming the first player in Arkansas history to be named a semifinalist in 2008.
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.
The 2010 Mackey Award winner will be presented live on ESPNU at the Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet show between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET on Dec. 9, 2010, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
2010 Mackey Award SemifinalistsGeorge Bryan, Jr., North Carolina StateMichael Egnew, Jr., MissouriLadarius Green, Jr., LouisianaDaniel Hardy, Sr., IdahoLance Kendricks, Sr., WisconsinAllen Reisner, Sr., IowaLuke Stocker, Sr., TennesseeD.J. Williams, Sr., Arkansas