Former Argyle Kicker Returning to Town for Final College Season

Former Argyle Kicker Returning to Town for Final College Season

by Steve Gamel

Cole Hedlund was arguably the best kicker in Argyle High School football history. Beginning next fall, local fans may be seeing more of him.

The Denton Record-Chronicle reported last month that Hedlund has transferred to the University of North Texas for his final season of eligibility. He had signed with Arkansas out of high school, but will now be back near his hometown as a graduate assistant.

Incidentally, Hedlund is the son of UNT women’s soccer coach John Hedlund.

The move is seen as a win-win for both parties. UNT is coming off back-to-back bowl games under second-year coach Seth Littrell and just so happens to need a kicker now that senior Trevor Moore is graduating. Moore was a second-team All-Conference USA selection last season and was a perfect 154-for-154 on PATs during his career.

For Hedlund, returning back to his roots creates a golden opportunity to revitalize a budding career that fell on hard times this past season.

Hedlund missed field goals of 20 and 23 yards in a September 9 loss to TCU and never kicked again for the Razorbacks.

“To doink it with a perfect protection and perfect snap is inexcusable,” Arkansas coach Bret Bielema told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette of the second miss at the time. “So we definitely got to find the other option in that regards because we’re not going to go down that road again. That one we’ll move forward on.”

It was a shocking turn of events considering Hedlund’s college career started off fairly solid. In three seasons, he connected on 14 of his 24 field goal attempts and scored 85 points as a sophomore. As a redshirt freshman in 2015, he connected on all 58 of his field goals. He was 5-for-7 on field goals in 2016 and hit all 25 of his extra points.

Many are hoping he can regain his form from high school, where he was regarded as a near-lock on every attempt. As Argyle’s kicker, Hedlund booted 56 career field goals to set a national record. He kicked 25 field goals as a sophomore, also a record. He was a Parade All-American and All-USA first-team selection by USA Today and helped lead the Eagles to the Class 3A Division II state title in 2013.

The Eagles were a perfect 16-0 that year, and Hedlund received interest from a variety of Football Bowl Subdivision programs. also reported that Hedlund is one of two scholarship athletes leaving the Razorback program. He is joined by offensive lineman Zach Rogers, who also only has one year of eligibility remaining. Rogers is stepping away from the sport entirely.

The Razorbacks host UNT next season on September 15.

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