The family of Garrett Uekman, the redshirt freshman University of Arkansas tight end who died during the 2011 season, was honored in halftime ceremonies Saturday at War Memorial Stadium.
Uekman grew up in Marche, the rural community in northern Pulaski County between North Little Rock and Maumelle and was a star at Little Rock Catholic, where he played his high school games at War Memorial.
He died Nov. 20, 2011, the day after Arkansas defeated Mississippi State in Little Rock. He was found unresponsive in his dorm room and an autopsy revealed he had a previously undetected heart condition called cardiomyopathy.
The family received a framed No. 88 jersey from UA Athletic Director Jeff Long. Also, T-shirts with No. 88 on the back were given to students, courtesy of the Garrett Uekman Foundation and the University’s Associated Student Government. The foundation raises funds for heart disease research and education and funds scholarships for deserving student-athletes.
—Dennis A. Byrd