Tag:D.J. Williams
Posted on: July 6, 2011 1:19 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2011 1:31 pm
 

Mackey Award watch list released

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's Watch List Week in college football as the games most prominent postseason awards have begun releasing their preseason watch lists. Yesterday we found out who to keep an eye on for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards, and on Wednesday we've got the 34 candidates for the John Mackey Award.

The John Mackey Award is given annually by the Nassau County Sports Commission to the nation's best tight end. The award is named for John Mackey, the former Syracuse tight end and NFL Hall of Famer with the Baltimore Colts. Last year's recipient was Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams.

Dwayne Allen, Clemson, Jr
Brandon Barden, Vanderbilt, Sr
Tim Biere, Kansas, Sr
Ted Bolser, Indiana, So
George Bryan, NC State, Sr
Orson Charles, Georgia, Jr
Josh Chichester, Louisville, Sr
Jack Doyle, Western Kentucky, Jr
Drake Dunsmore, Northwestern, Sr
Kyle Efaw, Boise St, Sr
Michael Egnew, Missouri, Sr
Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame, So
Rhett Ellison, USC, Sr
Coby Fleener, Stanford, Sr
Ladarius Green, Louisiana, Sr
Ryan Griffin, Connecticut, Jr
Joe Halahuni, Oregon State, Sr
Cooper Helfet, Duke, Sr
D.C. Jefferson, Rutgers, Jr
Kevin Koger, Michigan, Sr
Eric Lair, Minnesota, Sr
Brian Linthicum, Michigan State, Sr
Philip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn, Jr
Anthony Miller, Cal, Sr
Chris Pantale, Boston College, Jr
David Paulson, Oregon, Sr
Colter Phillips, Virginia, Jr
Nick Provo, Syracuse, Sr
Lucas Reed, New Mexico, Jr
Kyler Reed, Nebraska, Jr
Evan Rodriguez, Temple, Sr
Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State, Jr
Michael Williams, Alabama, Jr
Luke Wilson, Rice, Jr 
Posted on: November 17, 2010 9:47 am
 

Arkansas TE probable for Mississippi State

Posted by Chip Patterson

Arkansas' has not had any trouble continuing to put up big numbers even without leading receiver Greg Childs, out for the season with a patellar tendon injury.  Since Childs was injured in the fourth quarter against Vanderbilt, the Razorbacks scored 41 on South Carolina in Columbia, then dropped 58 on the helpless UTEP Miners.  But heading into a crucial two-game stretch to finish the season, quarterback Ryan Mallett will need as many healthy weapons as he can get.  After leaving UTEP game in the third quarter with a shoulder injury, there was some question as to the health of tight end D.J. Williams.  

Head coach Bobby Petrino said Williams' status is probable for Saturday's game at Mississippi State.  Williams is second on the team in receptions behind the injured Childs, so having the senior tight end on the field is a big boost for the Mallett and the Arkansas offense.  After Mississippi State, the Razorbacks host LSU for their regular season finale.  Their chances for the SEC Championship Game have come and gone, but the Razorbacks are high enough in the BCS Standings to make a case for the Sugar Bowl should they win out.  Granted, taking down Mississippi State in Starkville and LSU is a tall order for this Razorbacks squad.  But considering their only losses have come against Auburn and Alabama, there is no reason to think that it is not out of their reach.     
Posted on: November 16, 2010 5:01 pm
 

Biletnikoff, Mackey semifinalists announced

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Linemen, defenders, running backs, and quarterbacks have all had their day in the "award announces smaller list of potential winners from larger list" sun, so now it's time for the guys that catch the ball. First, the 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award , given to the nation's outstanding wide receiver:

Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma

Randall Cobb, Kentucky

Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M

A.J. Green, Georgia

Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina

Julio Jones, Alabama

Aldrick Robinson, SMU

Greg Salas, Hawaii

Jordan White, Western Michigan


And the eight semifinalists for the Mackey Award , due the nation's top tight end:

George Bryan (Jr., North Carolina State)
Michael Egnew (Jr., Missouri)
Ladarius Green (Jr., Louisiana)
Daniel Hardy (Sr., Idaho)
Lance Kendricks (Sr., Wisconsin)
Allen Reisner (Sr., Iowa)
Luke Stocker (Sr., Tennessee)
D.J. Williams (Sr., Arkansas)

What's interesting about contrasting the two lists in how many names pop off the firts list and don't pop off the second one. Of course, of course, the first is wide receivers and the second is tight ends. But whereas Green, Jefferey, and Jones are all universally considered first-round talents and players like Blackmon, Broyles, Salas, and White are all putting together flatly ridiculous statistical seasons (oh, and Cobb is only leading the nation in all-purpose yardage, and incredible talents like Michael Floyd and Jeff Maehl didn't make it), the tight ends are ... well, they're around. The No. 1 TE in receiving yardage is Egnew, followed by Green, and neither is exactly a household name. The early draft projections don't feature any of the tight ends listed above ... or any at all.

It's probably a one-year fluke. But as with the lack of workhorse running backs among the nation's top offensive skill players , it also speaks to how dominant the spread offense has become in college football. There just aren't as many traditional tight ends playing college football ... and it appears to be having an impact on the quality of the position overall.
 
 
 
 
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