FAYETTEVILLE – The guy the Arkansas Razorbacks almost lost last year is primed to be one of the football team’s top leaders in 2009.
D.J. Williams has spent most of his career as one of those lead-byexample types, but the All-SEC tight end might be ready to take his leadership to a new level after spending most of a week as one of 600 collegians at the NCAA National Student-Athlete Development Conference at Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
“They key thing about a leader that I learned about at the conference is it’s not about you, it’s about the team,” Williams said after his return from the conference this week.
“So it’s crazy how all the stardom, all the press, all those things go toward one person who’s supposed to be a leader. In his mind, it’s not about him, it’s about the whole team.
“I think if we can put that concept into some of the leaders this year that we expect to step up and take that role, then we’re going to be in some good hands.”
Williams (Little Rock, Central Arkansas Christian) has been productive on the field – he caught a team-high 61 passes for 723 yards and 3 touchdowns as a sophomore last year – and he’s been gracious off it, even giving away his team offensive MVP trophy to a 6-year-old fan who suffers from spina bifida. Yet Williams almost left Arkansas during the first winter under Bobby Petrino. A close friend of Houston Nutt and his family, Williams contemplated following the former Arkansas head coach to Ole Miss after Williams’ five-catch freshman season. [read more]