FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas Razorbacks junior tight end Hunter Henry was voted the best tight end in the country Wednesday by those presenting the John Mackey Award.
Named for the late John Mackey, a College Hall of Fame tight end with Syracuse and NFL Hall of Famer with the Baltimore Colts, Henry’s 2015 Mackey Award win was announced Wednesday morning in New York by the Friends of John Mackey committee.
Henry, a three-year letterman from Little Rock via Pulaski Academy, and on Tuesday named a USA Today All-American and first-team All-SEC by vote of the SEC coaches, nationally leads tight ends with 46 catches for 647 yards.
“It’s an honor and a blessing to win this award,” Henry was quoted in a UA press release Wednesday. “I’m very thankful to my lord and savior Jesus Christ, my family and friends, my coaches that helped me get to this point, my teammates and the University of Arkansas. This is a tremendous honor and I’m glad I’m able to represent the university and state of Arkansas in this way. It’s a dream come true to win this award and I can’t say how thankful I am.”
Henry becomes the second Razorback to win the Mackey Award, joining D.J. Williams of Little Rock, who won the 2010 Mackey while playing for former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino.
Henry will receive his Mackey Award at 6 p.m. Thursday as part of the Home Depot college football awards show on ESPN.