Arkansas razorback Garrett Uekman found dead this morning

Arkansas tight end Garrett Uekman runs on the field with team mates Saturday, Nov. 19, at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

Photo by Stephen B. Thornton

I saw him play for Catholic against Bryant and I saw him run out on the field just yesterday, but he was found dead this morning in Fayetteville.

The Arkansas News Bureau noted:

I am proud of the way he represented our program,” Petrino said. “He did everything right and had one of our highest GPA’s on the football team. There was nothing Garrett loved more than competing. …

“I know it was Garrett’s dream was being at Arkansas and being a member of this football team. Our team will honor and respect his memory as we build this program.”

 Below is a story from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette website.

Arkansas tight end Garrett Uekman runs on the field with team mates Saturday, Nov. 19, at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

By Matt Jones 

Originally published November 20, 2011 at 2:56 p.m., updated November 20, 2011 at 4:27 p.m.

FAYETTEVILLE — Garrett Uekman, a redshirt freshman football player at Arkansas, died Sunday at the age of 19.

Uekman was pronounced dead at the Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville Sunday. The cause of death was not immediately known, though an autopsy to determine the cause is expected some time this week.

News of the tight end’s death came just hours after the team returned to Fayetteville from a game against Mississippi State at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Uekman’s home town.

Uekman graduated from Little Rock Catholic High School for Boys in 2010.

Arkansas football players were informed of the death at a team meeting Sunday afternoon, NBC affiliate KNWA-TV reported, and coach Bobby Petrino is expected to address the situation at some point Sunday afternoon.

photoArkansas redshirt freshman Garrett Uekman died Sunday, according to reports. + Enlarge

Several football players took to social media website Twitter to express their condolences. Among them, running back Knile Davis said, “Garrett Uekman rest in peace my brother. Watch over us as we continue to chase the dream (you) started with us. I love (you) and will forever miss (you).”

The No. 3 Razorbacks will play at No. 1 LSU on Friday.

Rachel Hood contributed to this report

Read tomorrow’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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