2010 (Senior): Williams decided to come back to Arkansas for his senior season and is a postseason awards candidate. He had a great spring after focusing his attention on developing as a blocker in the fall of 2009. He had been named to numerous preseason All-America and All-SEC teams. In three spring scrimmages and the Red-White Spring Game combined, he caught 19 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns. He enters 2010 as the active leader in career receptions (98), receiving yards (1,228) and games played (38).
2009 (Junior): Williams played in 13 and started nine games for the Razorbacks. He was a second-team All-SEC (coaches) honoree, was named to Lombardi and Mackey Award watch lists, and was an AFCA Good Works Team and FedEx Orange Bowl Courage Award nominee. He tied for 24th in the SEC in receptions per game (2.46) and was 23rd in receiving yards per game (31.62). He ranked third on the Arkansas roster in catches with 32 for 411 yards, a total that ranked fourth on the team. Williams caught passes in nine of 13 contests on the season, and had multi-catch showings in all eight games. He was the College Football Performance Awards National Tight End of the Week on Nov. 8 after his career game against South Carolina. He was honorable mention Tight End Performer of the Week for Georgia and Troy performances. Williams averaged 10 yards per catch in the season opener against Missouri State with a long of 12 yards. He had a then-season best four catches against No. 23 Georgia for 58 yards and his first touchdown of the season. Williams led the Razorbacks with six catches against No. 17 Auburn for 57 yards and one touchdown. He pulled down a season-best nine catches for a career-high 137 yards against South Carolina. He caught a long pass of 69 yards, his longest of the season and second-longest of his career. Against Troy, he grabbed four catches for 62 yards and a touchdown with a long of 28 yards.
2008 (Sophomore): Williams had a record-setting season that saw him become the first Mackey Award (presented to the nation’s top tight end) semifinalist in school history. He was named a SI.com Honorable Mention All-American and he was an All-SEC first-team selection by the Associated Press and a second-team honoree by the coaches. The Little Rock Touchdown Club named Williams the team MVP for the 2008 season. Williams played in all 12 games and started nine in 2008. He finished as the team leader in receptions (61), receiving yards (723) and receiving touchdowns (3). He set school records for catches by a tight end in a season (61) and in a game (10 for 129 vs. Ole Miss). His 61 catches and 723 receiving yards ranked sixth among all tight ends nationally in 2008. His 24 catches and 275 yards against Top 25 teams were the third-highest totals for any tight end in the nation in 2008. Nearly half of his catches resulted in a first down for the Razorbacks (29 of 61, 47.5 pct.) and he accounted for nearly 25 percent of Arkansas’ receptions and receiving yards in 2008. He set a then-career high in receiving yards (124), touchdowns (2) against Louisiana-Monroe. He caught the game-winning eight-yard pass with 1:22 left on the clock and had a career-long catch of 76 yards in the contest. The reception was the second-longest by any tight end in the nation in 2008. He had six receptions for 129 yards in the victory over No. 19 Tulsa, which was his third 100-yard receiving game of the season.
2007 (Freshman): A backup at tight end to Andrew Davie, he played in every game except the Cotton Bowl. He was Arkansas’ lone starting tight end against Kentucky and started along with Davie in a two-tight end set against Chattanooga. For the year, he had five receptions for 94 yards, and was named to the SEC All-Freshmen first team. His 18.8 yards-per-catch average ranked third on the team. – Williams came off the bench to haul in his first career catch for 16 yards in the season opener against Troy. His catch marked a first down and led to a Darren McFadden rushing touchdown. He did not record any statistics as a reserve tight end against Alabama. Two of Casey Dick’s passes were intended for him but he was unable to haul them in. He made one tackle after a Casey Dick pass was intercepted in the first quarter. In his start against Kentucky, he made one catch for 24 yards. His catch on Arkansas’ first play of the game led to a first down and extended the drive to Alex Tejada’s field goal kick. He logged time at tight end against North Texas. He made one catch for 28 yards, a career long. His catch was good for an Arkansas first down. Starting at tight end with Davie, Williams did not record any stats but blocked the way for McFadden and Jones to record 100-yard rushing games against Chattanooga. He made one catch for 14 yards against Auburn. In the Ole Miss, FIU, South Carolina, Tennessee and Mississippi State games, he logged time at tight end but did not record any stats. Against No. 1 LSU, he made one catch for 12 yards and a first down. His catch extended the drive that led to a Peyton Hillis rushing touchdown.
Personal: Born Sept. 10, 1988, he is the son of Vicky Williams. He is majoring in communications. His first name is David.
High School: He was a member of the AP Arkansas Super Team and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas squad as a linebacker. The three-year starter played in only eight games as a senior due to an injury, but still managed to record 103 tackles, including 69 solo stops, eight sacks and two forced fumbles. As a junior, he caught 51 passes for 688 yards and eight touchdowns. He also had 19 carries for 82 yards and added 132 tackles for Coach Tim Perry. His team won the state title his sophomore season with Williams contributing 80 tackles, eight tackles for loss, seven sacks and one recovered fumble. Rivals ranked him the No. 9 tight end in the nation, a four-star prospect and the No. 4 prospect in Arkansas. HawgSports.com listed him at No. 3 on its Natural 21 list. Scout listed him as a four-star prospect, the No. 14 tight end in the country and the No. 4 overall player in the state. Hawgs Illustrated also ranked him No. 4 in the state. He signed with Arkansas after also considering Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
Notes: High school tight end-linebacker who committed to the Razorbacks and then-head coach Houston Nutt. Grew up in a house with spousal abuse; his father is serving concurrent sentences of 25 and 27 years for separate convictions of attempted murder and aggravated assault on a public servant. As a true freshman in 2007, sustained a concussion in August, but played all 13 games (two starts) and recorded five receptions for 94 yards (18.8-yard average) and zero touchdowns. In Bobby Petrino's offense in '08, started 9-of-12 games and caught 61-723-3 (11.9). Started 9-of-13 games in '09, catching 32-411-3 (12.8). Made all 13 starts in '10 and caught 54-627-4 (11.6). Team captain.
Positives: Plays on his feet with good balance and will scrap and compete in-line to maintain positioning. Very effective on crossing routes - adjusts well to the ball and can sidestep tacklers in the open field. Secures the ball without breaking stride. Solid production. Good intangibles and work habits. Very determined.
Negatives: Lacks girth, has short arms, plays too narrow-based and can be controlled and tossed aside in-line. Lacks finishing strength. Not quick or sudden releasing off the line of scrimmage and can be knocked off routes easily. Not a crafty route runner. A bit tight-hipped and not overly strong or elusive after the catch.
Summary: Scrappy, undersized "move" tight end who could fill a role in the short passing game and compete as a move blocker. Might warrant some interest as a fullback.