FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - When the Razorbacks run through the "A" this Saturday to open the game, the Arkansas state flag they'll use will have added importance. The flag was donated to Razorback Athletics by Channing Caudill, First Class airman for the U.S. Air Force.
The state flag was on flight of the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron B-52H Stratofortress bomber on August 22. The bomber was a part of Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria.
Caudill said he was compelled to send the flag after hearing about wide receiver Drew Morgan yelling "Juiced!" during games.
"Working 12 hour shifts six-to-seven days a week in 130-degree heat takes a lot out of you and when you're with the same guys 24/7 the entire time, you need something extra to keep going," said Caudill. "That's when I started saying, 'You got to be juiced!' while at work. It caught on here at my shop too."
Caudill is stationed at the Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. He is with the 2nd Maintenance Squadron from the Barksdale Air Force Base. Caudill's duties with the U.S. Air Force including working on ejection systems in bomber and fighter aircrafts.
He said he watched the Arkansas vs. TCU game in the early morning hours, along with other fellow Razorbacks and SEC fans stationed with him. The game didn't end until 6:00 a.m. in Qatar, but Caudill was still as energetic as ever.
"Everybody on base heard about the game and the fact I was a Razorback fan," Caudill said.
Caudill's parents will be at this Saturday's game against Texas State. His parents will capture on video the moment the Arkansas state flag comes out to salute the fans and the team.
"My motivation behind the state flag is a lot deeper than obviously just the football team," he said. "It's the state in general, so it's home. I don't think the football team understands how much they actually encourage other people ... even those 8,000 miles away in the middle of the desert."
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