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    Jeff Long announced that the tight-end meeting room of the Fred W. Smith Football Center will be named in honor of Garrett Uekman, who died in November of 2011. (Photo: Steve Payne, THV 11)
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Days before the Arkansas Razorbacks take off for New Jersey to play ball at Rutgers University, Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long was in Little Rock speaking to the Touchdown Club.

    On Monday, Long said it's been 8 decades since the Hogs made a road trip to the Northeast. He sees this kind of a trip as great exposure for the Arkansas team.

    "You know the Arkansas Razorbacks are a national brand, there's no question about that. So we wanted to get our team an opportunity up there in that New York City - New England northern area," Long said. "It will be a great billboard for us for folks there about the University of Arkansas."

    The last time the Razorbacks played a game in the northeast was in 1940, when they played at Fordham University in New York.

    Rutgers is coming off a win against Eastern Michigan, sitting at 2-1 for the season.

    Also at Monday's Touchdown Club, Long announced that the tight-end meeting room of the Fred W. Smith Football Center will be named in honor of Garrett Uekman, who died in November of 2011. The redshirt freshman was 19 when he passed away.

     

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