Now prepping for Saturday’s CBS televised 2:30 p.m.  final SEC West

showdown versus the nationally sixth-ranked LSU Tigers, 10-1, 6-1 in Little Rock,

the  12th-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks, 9-2, 5-2 began the week  Monday with D.J.

Williams honored nationally, DeMarcus Love and Jerry Franklin honored by the SEC,

and Jarius Wright honored as a standup guy.

Now prepping for Saturday’s CBS televised 2:30 p.m.  final SEC West
showdown versus the nationally sixth-ranked LSU Tigers, 10-1, 6-1 in Little Rock,
the  12th-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks, 9-2, 5-2 began the week  Monday with D.J.
Williams honored nationally, DeMarcus Love and Jerry Franklin honored by the SEC,
and Jarius Wright honored as a standup guy.

Senior tight end Williams, a past two-time Mackey Award semifinalist, Monday was
announced as a Mackey Award finalist.

Senior offensive tackle Love and fourth-year junior middle linebacker Jerry Franklin
respectively were named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week and the SEC Defensive
Player of the Week for their performances in Arkansas’ 38-31 double-overtime victory
last Saturday night at Mississippi State.

Only Williams, Wisconsin senior Lance Kendricks and Missouri junior Michael Egnew
remain in consideration for the award that will be presented to the nation’s
outstanding tight end at the Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show Dec.
9 in Buena Vista, Fla.

Williams’ surviving the winnowing of candidates doesn’t surprise either Arkansas
coach Bobby Petrino nor quarterback Ryan Mallett, a semifinalist for both the Davey
O’Brien and Maxwell Awards now both narrowed to finalist quarterbacks Cam Newton of
Auburn, Boise State’s Kellen Moore and Stanford’s Andrew Luck.

“Well, he should be a finalist,” Petrino said.  “He’s one of the best tight ends in
the country. I hope he keeps playing well and wins it.”

Petrino was apprised  with the LSU game and a bowl game left, Williams needs nine
receptions to tie the Razorbacks career record 153 set by Anthony Eubanks from
1994-97.

“We’ll see if he’s nice to me,” Petrino said, laughing.  “I’ll call more plays for
him. No, I like calling D.J.’s number. He runs good routes, he gets open. He’s very
capable of getting that in one game. We’ve seen that before out of him. Hopefully he
gets it done. He’s a quarterback’s best friend. He gets in there and works on
linebackers and converts all the hard plays.”

Mallett discussed all what Williams, the national Disney Award winner for
character/athletic achievement, means to Arkansas off  the field and on the field
with his blocking and 46 catches this season and 144 career catches.

 “And I think  it means there might have been a few too many third downs, too,”
Mallett added, smiling.  “Because I like to look for him on third down a lot.”

Mallett also praised Love, earlier under consideration for the  Outland Trophy now
narrowed to  senior finalists Gabe Carimi, of Wisconsin; Rodney Hudson of Florida
State and Nate Solder of Colorado.

“D. Love has had an outstanding year,” Mallett said.  “You go back and look at the
South Carolina  game, there are times when he is blocking people and they are
turning their back running literally the other way a couple of times. He’s a great
player.  I am glad he is on my side.”

Franklin made 20 tackles against  Mississippi State. The fourth-year junior from
Marion became the first Razorback in Petrino’s three Arkansas seasons to record 20
tackles in a game.

“He played real well,” Petrino said. “He was fast and physical. Jerry really knows
the game. His experience shows up. He understands formations, he understands what
we’re probably going to see before the ball’s snapped. He’s playing with a lot of
confidence and done a great job all year of leading our defense.”

Wide receiver Jarius Wright’s Standup Guy Award comes strictly from Mallett. The
junior from Warren stumbled and nearly fell catching a Mallett  pass against
Mississippi State. Somehow he righted himself and raced for an 89-yard touchdown.

“That was just an athletic play by Jarius the way he was able to stay on his feet,”
Mallett said. “If that had been me, I would have bit the dust right there. And then
you could see the speed. Once he recovered  - he’s so fast it’s ridiculous.”

Arkansas apparently won’t start Saturday’s game against LSU quite as defensively
depleted as how it finished against Mississippi State.

Petrino was optimistic Monday cornerback Isaac Madison and strong safety Rudell
Crim, both injured during the Mississippi State game and respectively replaced by
junior Elton Ford and freshman Eric Bennett, should return against LSU.
Petrino confirmed senior linebacker Anthony Leon must miss the first half against
LSU as the penalty for being ejected from the Mississippi State game.

Sophomore Terrell Williams, likely to start against LSU, replaced Leon and played
well against Mississippi State as did Bennett and Ford, Petrino said.