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BYU To Honor Late Arkansas Football Legends, Run Signed Flag Onto Field

Sep 16, 2023, 3:59 PM | Updated: 4:12 pm

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The BYU football program plans to honor late Arkansas legends Ryan Mallett and Alex Collins by running a signed Razorbacks flag onto the field before kickoff.

BYU football to honor late Arkansas Razorbacks

The Razorbacks will host the Cougars at Razorback Stadium (Capacity: 76,000) in Fayetteville, Arkansas on Saturday, September 16.

Prior to kicking off its football contests, BYU will run multiple flags onto the gridiron. Those flags usually include ones to honor BYU, the state of Utah, and the United States of America. The flag bearers are current and former Cougar players.

In Week 3, the Cougars will honor a pair of Arkansas greats who passed away earlier in 2023.

“In honor of @RazorbackFB legends Ryan Mallett and Alex Collins the team will run out this signed flag when the Cougs take the field,” the BYU football team posted on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Mallett, a former Arkansas quarterback, passed away at the age of 35 on June 27. Collins, a former Razorback running back, passed away at the age of 28 on August 13.

About Ryan Mallett

Mallet was born in Batesville, Arkansas. After starting his college career at Michigan, the quarterback played for the Razorbacks from 2008-10. Following his college career, Mallet was selected by the New England Patriots during the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played in the NFL from 2011-17. Mallet was a member of the Patriots, Houston Texans, and Baltimore Ravens during his professional career. Mallett drowned while swimming in Destin, Florida.

About Alex Collins

Collins played at Arkansas from 2013-15. Following his time with the Razorbacks, the running was selected by the Seattle Seahawks during the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Collins played in the NFL from 2016-2021 and the XFL in 2023. During his NFL career, the running back played for the Seahawks and Ravens. He was also a member of the USFL’s Memphis Showboats. Collins was killed in a motorcycle accident in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida.

BYU vs. Arkansas

The Cougars and Razorbacks have only played once before. BYU hosted Arkansas in 2022. The Razorbacks defeated the Cougars, 52-35.

RELATED: How To Watch BYU Football Versus Arkansas Razorbacks

BYU’s game against Arkansas will start at 5:30 p.m. (MDT) on ESPN2, KSL NewsRadio (102.7 FM & 1160 AM), and KSLSports.com.

Kyle Ireland is a Sports Producer and Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com. He’s also co-host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on X/Twitter (@kyleireland), Instagram (@kyleirelandksl), and Threads (@kyleirelandksl).

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BYU To Honor Late Arkansas Football Legends, Run Signed Flag Onto Field