FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas senior wide receiver Drew Morgan is the winner of the inaugural Bequette Award for Media Cooperation, which was created this year to honor an Arkansas football player who best handles his media responsibilities.
Twenty local reporters who regularly cover the team voted, with Morgan receiving 13 first-place votes to overwhelming win the award.
Sophomore running back Rawleigh Williams III came in second with 3 first-place votes.
Perhaps nothing sums up Morgan’s skill for engaging the media in an interesting way than his preseason comments about “the juice.”
Morgan finished the regular season with a team-high 61 receptions and 664 receiving yards. He caught 3 touchdown passes.
For his career, Morgan has caught 134 passes for 1,688 yards and 14 scores.
The Greenwood, Ark., native was lightly recruited out of high school, receiving only four scholarship offers. He was committed to Arkansas State until an MVP performance in Greenwood’s Class 6A state championship game victory earned him an offer from the Razorbacks.
The award is named for the several members of the Bequette family who played for Arkansas and were cooperative with the media.
George Bequette played for the Razorbacks in the 1950s. His sons, Jay and Chris, were Arkansas offensive linemen in the 1980s, and Jake — Jay’s son — was an all-SEC defensive lineman at Arkansas in 2011.
Morgan will finish his college football career Dec. 29, when Arkansas faces Virginia Tech in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C.
The final vote
- Drew Morgan: 44 (13 first-place votes)
- Rawleigh Williams III: 25 (3)
- Austin Allen: 17 (1)
- Deatrich Wise Jr.: 12 (1)
- Dan Skipper: 11 (1)
- Henre’ Toliver: 5
- Frank Ragnow: 3 (1)
- Keon Hatcher: 3
- Jared Collins, Dre Greenlaw, Santos Ramirez: 1
- Nate Allen (Nate Allen Sports, WholeHogSports.com)
- Drew Amman (Razorback Nation)
- Trey Biddy (HawgSports.com)
- Eric Bolin (SEC Country)
- Jason Carroll (Razorback Nation)
- Jimmy Carter (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, WholeHogSports.com)
- Dudley Dawson (Hawgs Illustrated, WholeHogSports.com)
- Gene Dumont (Razorback Nation)
- Clay Henry (Hawgs Illustrated, WholeHogSports.com)
- Bob Holt (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, WholeHogSports.com)
- Andrew Hutchinson (Hawgs247.com)
- Matt Jones (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, WholeHogSports.com)
- Jason Kersey (SEC Country)
- Otis Kirk (Hawgs247.com)
- AJ McCord (40/29 News)
- Tom Murphy (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, WholeHogSports.com)
- Alyssa Orange (Razorback Nation)
- Trent Shadid (SEC Country)
- Kurt Voigt (Associated Press)
- Danny West (HawgSports.com)