FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ football team was in mourning Sunday following the death of backup tight end Garrett Uekman.
The university said in a statement that Uekman was pronounced dead at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville on Sunday afternoon. The cause of death wasn’t immediately known and police and university officials wouldn’t comment until all of Uekman’s family had been notified.
University police Lt. Matt Mills said he expected to have more information on Monday.
The 19-year-old Uekman redshirted last season for the Razorbacks but had seen limited action this season as a freshman.
David Estes, the football coach at Little Rock Catholic where Uekman played in high school, said he was told by Arkansas running backs coach Tim Horton that Uekman had been found by his roommate in his dorm room on campus. Estes said he watched Uekman play and was “beaming from ear to ear” Saturday night in Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium as the Razorbacks defeated Mississippi State 44-17.
“Garrett was any parent or coach’s dream,” Estes said. “He was one of those special kids and had a passion for everything. He loved Catholic High, loves UA and wanted to be a Razorback forever.
“He got to live that dream.”
The No. 3 Razorbacks (10-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) play at No. 1 LSU on Friday.