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Arkansas TE Uekman found dead Sunday morning

Posted on: November 20, 2011 2:51 pm
Edited on: November 20, 2011 11:43 pm
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Posted by Adam Jacobi

The Arkansas Razorbacks football program was stunned Sunday when it was announced that redshirt freshman tight end Garrett Uekman was found dead in his dorm room Sunday morning. Adam Alter of KNWA/KARK said the team was holding an emergency meeting at 1:30 pm Central Time.

The Arkansas athletic department confirmed Uekman's death in a statement released later Sunday afternoon. Said head coach Bobby Petrino: "Garrett Uekman was a special member of our family, and we are all saddened by his passing. 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."

A candlelight vigil in Uekman's honor has been planned for Monday at 8 pm at Bud Walton Arena. Funeral details have not been released, but players have been assured that they may travel to it and visit the Uekman family.

ArkansasNews.com contacted Uekman's high school coach, who expressed the level of devastation this news has caused.

“I was just stunned,” said Ellis “Scooter” Register, who was Little Rock Catholic’s head coach when Uekman played at the school. “I didn’t get up out of my chair for 30 minutes. …

“It just goes to show you how really fragile life is. We can’t take anything for granted. He was so young, vibrant and strong. He had his whole future in front of him.”

According to the ArkansasNews.com report, after the team meeting, many players were seen outside the Broyles Athletic Center on campus crying and in a distraught state. Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said, "This is a brother of theirs. They handled it like you would expect them. There was certainly shock and dismay, tears and disbelief, all of those human emotions that you would expect if you lost a loved one." Afterwards, some players wished their teammate farewell on Twitter.

Star running back Knile Davis also weighed in. "Garrett Uekman rest in peace my brother Watch over us as we continue to chase the dream u started with us. I love u and will forever miss u"

There are few details released so far about the circumstances surrounding Uekman's death. He was found unresponsive in his dorm room late Sunday morning, an hour after he had been observed playing video games and seemingly "in good health." The medical report indicates that there are no suspicious factors. He participated in Arkansas' 44-17 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday, but did not record any statistics. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette captured this picture of Uekman leaving the field after the game. The victory propelled Arkansas to No. 3 in the nation a week before the team's trip to top-ranked LSU this coming Saturday.

Uekman's parents, Danny and Michelle, released a statement through the university.

"Our son was living his dream of going to the U of A and playing football for the Razorbacks," the statement read. "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." 

Uekman had no known pre-existing medical issues, according to Long, and his body will be sent to the State Medical Examiner for an autopsy as per standard procedure. He was only 19 years old.

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Since: Nov 22, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 3:40 pm
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Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 11:51 am
 

Arkansas TE Uekman found dead Sunday morning

My condolences to the family and friends of this young man.



Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: November 21, 2011 11:55 pm
 

Arkansas TE Uekman found dead Sunday morning

God Bless Garrett and his family. Words can not tell the great great sadness I feel for the Uekman family. He was a great stundent and great person and had a bright future. This is such a tragedy.



Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2011 8:28 pm
 

Arkansas TE Uekman found dead Sunday morning

From the entire gamecock Nation, wishing all of the Arkansas family well during this terrible loss. Prayers are coming your way. I hope that the team can move on in his remembrance and bring the trophy home!



Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: November 21, 2011 7:56 pm
 

Arkansas TE Uekman found dead Sunday morning

This is as sad a story as can be imagined. On behalf of the whole of the Clemson Tiger Nation, may God comfort Danny and Michelle Uekman, the Arkansas Razorback football team, and the whole of the Arkansas Razorback Nation. God speed Garrett, rest in peace. Amen - Lee R.


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Since: Oct 18, 2009
Posted on: November 21, 2011 7:07 pm
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Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: November 21, 2011 2:44 pm
 

Arkansas TE Uekman found dead Sunday morning

Who cares about this?  People die....not a big deal...let us move on to sports
'Johnny 555' knew his remark would be so poorly received that he up and created a new login here today, just so that he could post his lower-than-asinine statement without others knowing which regular user he is.  So in addition to being an inconsiderate jerk, he's a true coward, to boot.

I'd never heard of Garrett Uekman before this, and I've always considered the Razorbacks to be despised rivals, at best.  But RIP to Garrett, prayers for the consolation of his family and teammates, and healing repentance to the hearts of those who respond to this in gratuitously-ugly ways like 'Johnny 555' here did.




Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: November 21, 2011 2:24 pm
 

Arkansas TE Uekman found dead Sunday morning

Agreed, who uses a story about ones death as an opportunity to sell tickets?  Reminds me of Michael Jacksons father plugging his new record company when being interviewed about his son dying.  Sick. 



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 1:39 pm
 

Arkansas TE Uekman found dead Sunday morning

You are a DOUCHEBAG! Don't hawk your tickets for sale on this post...a young man has passed and that's the story here!



Since: Jun 9, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 1:36 pm
 

Arkansas TE Uekman found dead Sunday morning

Johnny 555...Show some respect and have some human decency.  If you have nothing nice to say or anything of merit to add than don't post.  People like you should be banned from having a voice on these blogs because you add nothing to the conversation.  This is a sad day for the Uekman family and the University Arkansas.  Many thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the deceased. 


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