Fayetteville (UofA) - University of Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams was named a third-team All-American by the Associated Press on Tuesday.
Williams is the first AP All-American for the Razorbacks since 2007. 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 1,817 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.
Last week, Williams won the Mackey Award as the nation's best tight end and was presented with the Disney Spirit Award during The Home Depot College Football Awards Show at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. He also was selected for the SEC's Community Service Team, which was announced last Friday.
Williams and the rest of the eighth-ranked Razorbacks conclude their season with the first BCS game in program history when they take on No. 6 Ohio State in the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 4. The game, which is set to be broadcast on ESPN, kicks off at 7:30 p.m. inside the Louisiana Superdome.