NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The 2015 John Mackey Award winner, Arkansas tight end Hunter Henry, has been named to the Walter Camp Foundation All-America first team. The nation’s oldest All-America squad is now in its 126th year. The honor was announced this evening at The Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards Show.
Henry finished the season as the Razorbacks’ second leading receiver, and his 46 receptions are the most of any SEC tight end. In addition, his 647 receiving yards, 32 first down catches and plays of 15-plus yards lead all FBS tight ends.
An All-SEC first team selection and USA TODAY All-America first team choice, Henry is Arkansas’ first ever Walter Camp All-American tight end. He is also the 16th Walter Camp All-American in school history and the 14th to earn first team honors.
Henry was honored Wednesday with the John Mackey Award, given annually to the nation’s most outstanding tight end. He paced Mackey Award finalists in receptions (46), receiving yards (647), yards-per-catch (14.1), yards-per-game (53.91), first down receptions (32), 100-yard games (2), 10-plus yard receptions (27), 15-plus yard receptions (19) and 20-plus yard receptions (9). Henry is the second Razorback to win the award, joining 2010 recipient D.J. Williams. In addition, Arkansas is now the only program to produce multiple Mackey Award winners.
Since 2013, Henry has led all SEC tight ends in receptions and receiving yards with 111 and 1,569 respectively. He is one of just eight tight ends in league history to reach the triple-digit mark in receptions while playing in the SEC. Of the eight, he is one of four to rack up more than 1,500 receiving yards.
Walter Camp, “The Father of American Football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation – a New Haven based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of annually selecting an All-America team.