While his numbers weren't among his personal best, the team result was satisfactory as Uekman's Little Rock Catholic team beat the Rebels 21-10.
"I really focused on lifting weights and getting bigger and stronger. Effort got me to where I am," Uekman said.
"I was real excited. I've been waiting all year for this. I committed to Arkansas and was ready to show people what's up."
Uekman caught four passes for 46 yards and a touchdown, and ran once for three yards as the Rockets avenged a loss to Southside a year ago in Little Rock. Catholic never trailed and led by as much as 21-3 when Uekman hauled in a 19-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
"He just made a heck of a play," Catholic quarterback Taylor Bartlett said of Uekman's catch. "It was a designed stop. I threw it up and knew he would get it."
"I started off slow and was used as a decoy a bit, and then I cramped up a little bit," Uekman said. "I was able to come back and make a big catch, so that was good."
Uekman caught the pass split to the quarterback's right as a wide receiver.
"One of our receivers broke his collarbone and I filled in for him," said Uekman, who split time between tight end and boundary receiver Friday. "It's a position I played almost all year last year, so it wasn't really anything new. It wasn't really that big of a deal. We'll probably get some other people to fill in for him as the season goes along and I'll get to move back over to tight end a little more."
Uekman – who committed to Arkansas in June shortly after earning a scholarship offer at the Bobby Petrino Camp – had planned to take in the Razorbacks' season-opener Saturday against Missouri State in his hometown, but said his plans have since changed and he will attend a wedding. He said he will come to Fayetteville for an unofficial visit for Arkansas' primetime match-up with Georgia on Sept. 19.
Jimmy Carter contributed to this report.