Williams (6-0, 220) beamed about having his buddy back taking snaps the past two workouts with him, fullback Kiero Small and the other Razorback running backs and the fact that he'll be able to play in the Red-White game.
"I am definitely excited that Kody Walker is back and going to be in action," Williams said of a guy whose 2012 season ended in week two due to a knee injury. "I am excited to see him. He has been working hard."
As has Williams, who rushed for 45 times for 231 yards and caught eight passes for 208 yards and a pair of scores last season while playing behind Knile Davis and Dennis Johnson.
"Individually I think I have definitely improved a lot," Williams said. "We really push each other every day and try to have the attitude that Coach Chaney wants us to have and that's physical. Collectively we are trying to become more physical."
Williams – the former Allen (Texas) star, started two games, played in 11 of the 12 and was able for the action he got to see.
"I have always wanted to play as much as possible, but I was happy with the amount of playing time I had last year. I was appreciative. I definitely feel like I am ready to take the load, but we also have a lot of other great running backs as well. In the SEC, you need more than one running back anyway and we've got Kody Walker, Nate Holmes, Keiro Small and hopefully we will be able to take it by storm."
While he is known as a runner, Williams's two touchdowns last season both came via the screen pass – 74 yards and 77 yards against Kentucky - that he took from the flats to the house.
"I haven't had a rushing touchdown yet and I am anxious to get one of them and hopefully I will have a lot of those this year," Williams said. "It was something that we game planned the whole week so I knew we were going to run the (screen) play...It ran through my mind a thousand different ways on what could happen. But I just got the ball and tried to make my magic happen and it ended up being very excited."
Walker (6-2, 234) – who will be a redshirt sophomore next season - went down in the Razorbacks' loss to Louisiana-Monroe in Little Rock last season. He has worked hard to get some spring action in.
"I'm close to it," Walker said. "I am probably about 90. I have my days where I am not feeling good when I could be 85 percent or 80 percent, but I feel like I am getting better every day."
Walker, who rushed 20 times for 68 yards and five touchdowns as a true freshman before suffering a season-ending injury after five games, took some hits last weekend for the first time since September.
"I was definitely sore," noted Walker, who was a standout for Jefferson City (MO). "I hadn't been hit in a while so I hadn't been that sore in awhile. It was actually a good feeling."
Walker played at 240 last season, but is trying to work his way back down 15 pounds from that.
"Right now I am 234 and I am probably going to try and get down to 225," Walker said. "I am in the process of losing that. Right now I am straight tailback, but I can do both. I feel a little faster, a little quicker."
Walker and Small – who was also lost for the season early on in the campaign – are anxious to be on the field for the Red-White game at the same time.
"Me and Keiro were just talking today about getting in together and get a good play we are going to go crazy," Walker said, "because it was the first time getting back together since we both got hurt."
Walker is sporting a new number this season – 24 – after thinking the 40 jersey was bad luck for him.
"I just felt like 40 was bad luck for me," Walker said. "I have had two years getting hurt so I had to get up out of that number and get something different and get my swag back."