Arkansas has confirmed that second-year tight end Garrett Uekman from Little Rock Catholic died this morning at approximately 11:15 a.m. in his Northwest Quad dormitory room.
Emergency medical crews were called when Uekman was found unconscious and unresponsive at 11:17 a.m., but attempts to revive him were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at 12:10 p.m. this afternoon at Washington Regional Hospital.
He had been seen playing video games in his room at around 10:15 a.m. by his roommate and appeared in good health.
Razorback head coach Bobby Petrino, athletic director Jeff Long and Danny Pugh, the dean of students and vice provost, met with Uekman's parents Danny and Michelle when they arrived in Fayetteville.
"Garrett Uekman was a special member of our family, and we are all saddened by his passing," Petrino said. "His loss is a terrible shock, and it makes you realize how precious life is. Garrett was a great teammate and loved being a Razorback. My sympathies are with his entire family during this incredibly trying time, and I share in their grief. Our team will honor and show our respect to Garrett."
Long echoed those same sentiments.
"Garrett's loss is a terrible shock for the University of Arkansas and the Razorback program," Long said. "Our sincere condolences go out to his family and to all of those who knew him. He will be missed by many friends, teammates and others throughout campus. The well-being of our student-athletes is at the very core of our mission and when a tragedy like this happens it is a tremendous loss to the entire campus community.
" We will work with various campus services to provide support for the Uekman family, our student-athletes, coaches and staff during this difficult time," Long added.
Uekman, listed as a redshirt freshman, has played in nine of 11 games this season in a backup role, including kickoff units on special teams.
Pugh noted that Uekman touched many lives on campus.
"The loss of a student is always hard on the university community," Pugh said. "Garrett Uekman was known both as a student and as an athlete, and consequently his loss touches many people within and outside of campus. We extend our sincere condolences to his family, his friends, his fellow students, and his teachers and coaches. He and they remain in our thoughts and prayers."
The Uekmans released a statement through Arkansas.
Our son was living his dream of going to the U of A and playing football for the Razorbacks. He loved his school, his coaches, and his teammates and classmates, and was an influence and inspiration to so many people. We ask for your love and prayers for Garrett, our family and his friends as we all cope with this heavy and painful loss. Meanwhile, we ask for respect and privacy during this time of grief."
Ironically, Uekman chose Arkansas over LSU - the two teams who will square off in Baton Rouge this Friday.
University Police Lt. Matt Mills said the cause of his death is not known at this time, but there were no suspicious circumstances. The Washington County coroner will send Uekman's body to the State Medical Examiner for an autopsy.
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