You may notice a few Arkansas Razorbacks with a different look on their uniforms this season.
According to coach Bret Bielema, eight Arkansas football players will wear a special patch on their chest, and that’s before the season begins.
That’s because those eight student-athletes graduated and earned a degree from the university, yet are still competing with the Razorbacks. This honor will not just apply for football but all sports.
The new patch will “feature the traditional red and white SEC logo with a ‘stole’ wrapping underneath it emblazoned with the all-important word, ‘Graduate,’ ” according to athletics director Jeff Long.
“For our more than 460 student-athletes, Razorback Athletics is dedicated to providing a collegiate experience that is about so much more than just competing in their respective sports,” Long said in a press release. “Our mission is to develop student-athletes to their fullest potential through intercollegiate athletics, including empowering them to attain the ultimate goal of graduation. More and more, our student-athletes are achieving that goal even before their athletic eligibility has expired.
“In recognition of this extraordinary achievement, we have developed a patch to be worn on their respective jerseys by all those student-athletes who have earned their college degree. It is a great reminder that these talented young men and women have already achieved something truly special that will impact them the rest of their lives.”
You can see a screenshot of the patch below: