Having already helped make college football’s best play of the season, perhaps it’s only fitting that Arkansas junior Hunter Henry also took home the award recognizing the nation’s best tight end.
Hunter was announced as the 2015 Mackey Award winner on Wednesday after catching 46 passes for 647 yards and three touchdowns in a standout regular season. His sure hands (zero drops through all 12 games) and stout blocking made him a key cog in the Razorbacks offense, which averaged 35.2 points per game (second to only Ole Miss among SEC teams).
“Couldn’t be prouder than I am of my boy! This has been his dream for a long time!#audienceofone @Hunter_Henry84 ,” Henry’s mother Jenny tweeted.
Hunter joined D.J. Williams (2010) as the second Razorbacks player to earn the honor since it was first presented in 2000, making Arkansas the only program with multiple winners. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Henry is also widely projected as a first-round pick by NFL draft experts.
Still, his legacy among the college ranks will almost surely be defined by the “Hunter Heave,” the desperation 4th-and-25 lateral that tailback Alex Collins scooped up for a miraculous first down during Arkansas’ thrilling overtime victory against Ole Miss.
Because watching it never gets old, you can find a replay below: