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Marla Ridenour on Sports

Hillis was Williams' mentor

By Marla Published: February 24, 2011

Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams caught 152 passes in four years and scored 10 touchdowns. But the question of who would be better catching balls out of the backfield -- Williams or Browns running back Peyton Hillis -- might spark an interesting debate on the Fayetteville, Ark. campus.

Hillis, who caught 61 passes for 477 yards and two TDs last season while also rushing for 1,177 yards and 11 scores, is also an Arkansas product.

"I guess I'd have to say me,'' Williams said. "But Peyton's a phenominal athlete. What he's doing in the NFL is what I knew he was going to do the whole time. He proved a lot of people wrong. He's just a hard worker and he's always been like that.

"I wish Peyton were here. He was my mentor my freshman year,'' Williams said.

Asked what he learned from Hillis, Williams jokingly said, "If I had hair, to put gel in it. If you ever see Peyton he's always jelled up and looks real nice. Just always look good at what you do.''

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