All-SEC tight end D.J. Williams feels like the University of Arkansas offense is headed for big things this season.
Thursday's opening practices just further illustrated that point to the senior.
"The first day went well and it felt good – better than in the past," Williams said. "We had linemen moving around like skill players, skill players blocking like linemen and the tempo was great. You can tell the determination is there and we know where we want to head and that is in the right direction and have some big things happen for us."
The UA offense is loaded with junior quarterback Ryan Mallett surrounded by a plethora of wide receivers, tight ends and running backs that all have big-play ability.
"That is one problem that we like to have," Williams said. "That is going to make for mismatches with defenses throughout the game. It will be hard to game plan against our offense. It is going to be dangerous."
Williams believes the experience those weapons have is going to allow those weapons to flourish.
"I think we are going to be able to execute on a consistent basis," Williams said. "That's just us being in the program for a couple of years and being on the same page."
Williams put his name in the NFL draft before deciding to return for his senior season.
"Obviously the biggest thing was to get my degree," Williams said. "But there was also the chance to be part of something special. I think Arkansas has a chance to do some great things this year. It's something that I think will last for a lifetime and I want to be part of it."
When you add in senior Ben Cleveland, redshirt sophomore Chris Gragg, redshirt freshmen Austin Tate and true freshman Garrett Uekman, the Razorbacks appear loaded at the position.
"I would say that the first thing we can do with our depth is play faster," Williams said. "We are never going to have to worry about anyone getting tired because we will have someone who can come in and do just as good. We have great depth at the position."
Williams is coming off a junior season in which he caught 32 passes for 411 yards – down from his 61 receptions for 723 yards the previous season.
He had three touchdowns in each of those campaigns.
"The last thing I am worried about is how many balls I am going to catch this year," Williams said. "What comes my way, comes my way and if not, I am going to block for somebody else. I think that mentality is the same for everybody on the team and that is what it is going to take to win a championship."
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