FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A scholarship in honor of former Razorback player and head football coach Ken Hatfield has been established at the University of Arkansas it was announced on Wednesday.
Hatfield was a standout halfback and kick returner for Arkansas from 1962-64, including playing a key role on the Razorbacks’ national championship team in 1964. He also holds the distinction as the winningest coach in Arkansas football history after amassing a record of 55-17-1 (.760) from 1984-89.
The endowed scholarship bearing Hatfield’s name was established by former Razorback deep snapper Patrick Cameron and will be presented annually to a walk-on football player that grew up in Arkansas and through his hard work and efforts earns a scholarship. The scholarship will be available to players at all positions with special consideration given to deep snappers.
“For me to do this is about honoring Coach Hatfield and continuing the tradition of pride and heart in Razorbacks Football,” Cameron said. “Coach Hatfield gave me a tremendous opportunity. I believe that a dreamer who is willing to do what it takes to earn his position on the team that he grew up loving, is worth more than someone who is just playing his way through school. Every time I have been in front of Coach Hatfield he has encouraged me and lifted me up whether it was in a team setting or individual setting after I graduated. His name is synonymous with the heart and pride of Razorback football.”
Cameron was initially a walk-on before earning the last scholarship given by Coach Hatfield in his tenure at Arkansas. The Little Rock, Ark., native was a two-year letterman snapping for All-Southwest Conference placekicker Todd Wright in 1989-90.
“I’m extremely proud that one of our former players has stepped forward to honor his coach in such a meaningful way,” Arkansas Athletic Director Frank Broyles said. “Coach Hatfield gave Patrick an opportunity and he earned a scholarship. Now Patrick wants to help reward walk-ons in the future that earn their way onto the field. It is a tremendous tribute to Coach Hatfield and will enable future in-state players to fulfill their dream of playing for the Razorbacks.”