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D.J. Williams wins Mackey Award and Disney Spirit Award

FAYETTEVILLE - University of Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams was named the 2010 Mackey Award winner Thursday night during the Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on ESPNU.

"It is a tremendous honor to win the Mackey Award," Williams said. "This is really a team award, and I accept it on behalf of every person in the Razorback program. I'd like to thank my coaches and teammates. This is a recognition of the work they do every day."

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 in a tie for second on Arkansas' all-time list and are the most by a non-wide receiver in school history, and his 1,789 receiving yards place him 10th on the program's all-time list.

This season, the senior from Little Rock, Ark., 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 Razorback 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.

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.

Williams also was presented with the Disney Spirit Award, given to college football's most inspirational figure, later in the evening during The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN.

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