After all, he has done it many times this season as one of the voices of the program.
Still there were plenty of people left to sing his praises after Mallett being named the SEC's Offensive Player of the Week off of a 23-of-27 passing effort for 329 yards in the UA's 33-16 win over South Carolina last Saturday.
"He is a big-time quarterback and big-time quarterbacks make big-time plays in big-time games," said Williams, who caught 7 of those passes for 137 yards. "That is just Ryan Mallett."
Razorback head coach Bobby Petrino, who has seen his star have many great games and fight through frustration in others, certainly is impressed about how Mallett is 37-of-43 passing for 557 yards with 3 TDs and no picks in his last two games.
He is 152-of-264 passing (56.2 completion percentage) for 2,477 yards with 18 TDs and just three interceptions this season.
"I think he's played very well," Petrino said. "I think when you go into a season, you play one game at a time. He's had his ups and downs. I think the thing I've been impressed with is when he felt like, or hasn't performed well, the next week he comes out and practices harder. And he tries to lead harder and spends more time in the video room.
"It's very, very important to him to go out and perform well," Petrino added. "He pushes himself extremely hard. I think we've got where we've learned how to stay calmer on the sideline, stay calmer after a mistake. And that's really helped him in the last few weeks."
Petrino is thrilled with Mallett's TD-to-turnover ratio.
"He's done a real nice job of taking care of the ball," Petrino said. "His decision making helps that. I think the fact that he does throw the ball so hard there's been a few that maybe could've been intercepted that weren't. But any time you have that ratio between touchdown passes and interceptions, I'm very happy with it."
Williams said that beyond the stats, it is what Mallett is doing as a leader that has the team pointed in the right direction.
Williams agreed that Mallett is a much different leader than Casey Dick was last season.
"That is not to take anything away from our quarterback last year," Williams said. "He was a great quarterback as well. It is just different personalities I would say. Mallett's personality comes out more vocal than our last quarterback in the years. That is just a good aspect to have because the quarterback is the leader on the team whether he likes it or what. He is just a great quality guy on and off the field. It just shows in his game play."
Arkansas sophomore wideout Greg Childs agreed that Mallett is a leader in practice and in the games.
"Ryan is a player that comes out every day in practice and practices hard," Childs said. "If his step isn't down quite right and he misthrows the ball one time he'll be the first one to come up to you and go, 'Oh, man, that was my fault; my bad.' As a good teammate I'm thinking I should have made this play for you or I should have made some more moves for you or something.
"He's a great leader," Childs continued. "He comes out to practice with intensity to get better every practice. He's a great person to just sit down and talk to sometimes because him being a quarterback, he's got a lot of pressure on him. But he deals with it and things. He's a good leader for the team."
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The offense certainly got a boost from Williams and his 7 catches on Saturday for the career-high 137 yards.
"I guess I would say that it felt good getting more involved in the offense," Williams said. "I feel like I have been involved the whole year, just in a different role. Saturday just happened to be more in the passing game.
"It was fun getting some balls and getting runs after the catch, but overall the game went great because we won," Williams added.
Williams, who now has 23 catches for 307 yards and 2 TDs this season, isn't worried that he will be focused on too much this Saturday by Troy.
The way he sees that, it would not be a wise thing because of all of the Razorbacks' offensive weapons that have combined to lead the SEC in scoring (3.2 points per game) and passing (299.4 yards on average).
"I would hate to say that (they will focus on him) because we have so many more options outside with Greg Childs, Jarius Wright, Joe Adams, Lucas Miller – I could just keep naming them," Williams said. "It will be hard for a defense – just like I have said all year – to focus on one player because we have so many threats at every position."
Williams' biggest play of the day yardage wise was taking a screen and racing 69 yards to set up a field goal that tied it 10-10 as time ran out in the first half.
He made a cut only to get tackled – not by one of the Gamecocks, but by one of the yard lines.
"At first I was kind of impressed by the speed there," Williams said. "I didn't see that coming. I felt like I was running in sand the whole time that I watched on film. Greg Childs did a great job blocking down the field and I probably could have just stayed straight and probably got into the end zone. I tried to cut – and I just guess it has been awhile since I moved that fast. My body couldn't keep up with it so I stumbled a little bit."
"I pretty sure it as the 9 or 9 ½ yard line, but it is okay because we got a field goal out of it," Williams added.
He was not as happy with his blocking as he was his pass catching for once.
"There was a couple (of missed blocks)," Williams said. "I DVR'd and went back and watched it and I am still sick to my stomach. I felt like I could have helped Mike (Smith) get a couple of runs here and there. It is just crazy that I can go back and watch film and get more upset about a block and not be content with the game I had passing. Coach Petrino has just done a great job making me understand how valuable it is to be good in both aspects of the game – passing and rushing. I feel like on the run-blocking aspect of the game I didn't do as well and it is still something I need to work on."
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Arkansas has now worn all-red uniforms the last two weeks, both resulting in victories.
Williams is down with doing it a third week in a row.
"The pants feel good," Williams said. "They are a little bit looser. That may have been where they little speed came from, I don't know. I can stick with the red. It is alright with me."
Petrino sounds like he might be inclined to do that.
"My mother in law, bless her heart, she passed away many years ago, she used to say everything happens in threes," Petrino said. "So we might have to see if that's true."
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Arkansas' game the following week with Mississippi State in Little Rock - has been set for another 11:21 a.m. start – the fourth such early start for the Razorbacks this season.
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Williams came into the press conference sporting a T-shirt that said Punish. He then changed into a Razorback polo shirt.
Asked about the shirt, Williams' answer once again showed how Petrino is big on keeping things within the team.
"I think it is a team thing," Williams said. "We'll keep it a secret or unless Coach Petrino tells you – one of the two."