Arkansas will honor the family of Garrett Uekman during halftime of Saturday's game.
Uekman, a Little Rock native who was a redshirt freshman tight end with the Razorbacks, died Nov. 20, 2011. He was found unresponsive in his dorm room a day after Arkansas beat Mississippi State in Little Rock. It was later discovered Uekman had a previously undetected heart condition called cardiomyopathy.
"We want to take an opportunity to honor the memory of Garrett Uekman and salute his family for their continued work on behalf of others,” Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said in a statement Friday. “Garrett Uekman was more than just a tight end on the football team. He was a special young man who made an impact on the lives of his teammates and students around the University of Arkansas campus. The courage of the Uekman family in the face of tragedy has been an encouragement to all of us and their work through the Garrett Uekman Foundation has been truly inspiring.”
The Uekman family will be presented with a framed No. 88 jersey during the halftime ceremony Saturday. Also, T-shirts with the No. 88 on the back will be given to Arkansas students at the game courtesy of the Garrett Uekman Foundation and the University of Arkansas Associated Student Government.
The Garrett Uekman Foundation raises funds for heart disease research and education and funds scholarships for deserving student-athletes. For more information visit GU88.org.
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau