(Eds: With AP Photos.) By KURT VOIGT AP Sports Writer Jonathan Williams first received word of Bret Bielema's hiring at Arkansas via a tweet from former teammate Chris Gragg.
The reaction of the Razorbacks running back, after he researched Bielema's history online, left little doubt about his hopes for the future of the offense.
''I think I might have shed a tear of joy for a second because I was so excited,'' Williams said. ''I like the style of power running plays that he likes to run, and I feel like it's more my style.''
Williams will have the chance to show just how he fits into Bielema's balanced approach this season, leading a stable of young - and unproven - running backs. It's a group short on experience, but one the Razorbacks feel is more than ready to compete with the Southeastern Conference's best.
Arkansas' top two running backs from a year ago, Knile Davis and Dennis Johnson, are now in the NFL - leaving ...