In 2014, Arkansas was a two-headed monster in the running game. Looking ahead to 2015, and barring injury, it’ll be lather, rinse, repeat on the ground for the Hogs.
In what essentially amounts to a Christmas gift for the football program, UA has announced that Jonathan Williams will return to the Razorbacks for his senior season. According to the school, the running back applied for an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board prior to making his decision.
What specific information was contained in that evaluation was not divulged.
“I am very excited to return to Arkansas for my senior season and help bring the Razorback football program back to where it belongs,” Williams said in a statement. “Coach (Bret) Bielema and Coach (Joel) Thomas have been very supportive of me and my family throughout this process.”
“My faith, family and education are very important to me and all three played a major role in my decision. I have many goals that I want to pursue, on and off the field. Graduating from the University of Arkansas is very important to me, and I look forward to running through the ‘A’ again in 2015.”
Williams ran for a team-high 1,085 yards in the 2014 regular season, while his 11 rushing touchdowns were second on the team. As teammate Alex Collins ran for 1,024 yards this season, it marked the first time in Razorback history that two players had cracked 1,000 yards in the same season.
With a pair of receiving scores, Williams’ 13 total touchdowns are tops on the team.
Entering the Dec. 29 AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl matchup against Texas with 2,216 career rushing yards, Williams is currently 11th in school history. His 5.79 yards per carry is sixth all-time.
“I’m always excited for players to chase NFL dreams,” Bielema said. “For Jonathan, that meant another year of growth on and off the field and a degree to carry him through life. I’m excited to have him here for another year that will help take him to new heights.”