FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas is proud to announce former Razorback player and head coach Ken Hatfield as the A Club Razorback honorary captain for Saturday’s football game against Alabama.
The 10th-ranked Razorbacks play host to top-ranked Alabama at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in the first matchup between two top-10 teams in Fayetteville since 1979.
The University of Arkansas Athletic Department and the Razorback Foundation A-Club is presenting an honorary captain for each home game this season. Each honorary captain will be honored prior to the game on the field, recognized on the RazorVision and accompany the Razorback captains to midfield for the coin toss. The honorary captain also appears at the Legends Tent in the AT&T Hog Trough approximately 90 minutes before game time.
As a player, Hatfield lettered for the Razorbacks from 1962-64. He ranks first on UA’s career punt return yardage and career punt return average lists. He also ranks fourth on the all-time total return yardage list. Hatfield helped captain the Razorback team to the 1964 national championship and earned All-Southwestern Conference honors in the process.
Hatfield is one of just two Arkansas graduates to serve as head football coach at his alma mater. Heading the squad from 1984-89, he led the Razorbacks to 55 wins, including SWC titles in 1988 and 1989, and posted a program-best .760 winning percentage. Each of his Razorback teams participated in a bowl game, with three of them playing in a New Year’s Day game or later.
Hatfield was inducted in to the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1989. In 1995, he was inducted into the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor.