FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The 2015 John Mackey Award trophy will be presented to consensus All-American and former Arkansas tight end Hunter Henry during the annual Red-White Spring Game on Saturday.
The presentation is slated to begin after the conclusion of the first quarter. Kickoff is scheduled for noon inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The event is free and open to the public.
On Dec. 9, 2015, Henry became the second player in program history to win the John Mackey Award as the nation’s most outstanding collegiate tight end. His 739 receiving yards on 51 receptions led all Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) tight ends. The most impressive part of the Little Rock, Arkansas, product’s 51-catch season was that he did it without dropping a single pass.
Henry earned first team All-America nods from four of the five outlets used to determine which players receive consensus status – American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Associated Press (AP), Sporting News and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF). The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) was the only outlet to not name Henry first team All-America as the organization did not name a tight end to either of its teams.
For his career, Henry hauled in 116 passes for 1,661 yards and nine touchdowns. He is one of just eight tight ends in Southeastern Conference history to reach the triple-digit mark in receptions while playing in the conference. Of the eight, he is one of four to tally more than 1,500 receiving yards. In addition, his 1,661 career receiving yards rank second in program history among tight ends, only trailing 2010 John Mackey Award winner and fellow Little Rock native D.J. Williams (1,855, 2007-10).
Henry announced on Jan. 4 that he would enter the 2016 NFL Draft, just two days after the Razorbacks defeated Kansas State, 45-23, in the 57th AutoZone Liberty Bowl. The 2016 NFL Draft will run from April 28 until April 30 and will take place at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.