Kicking Toward National Record

Arkansas kicking commit Cole Hedlund, who has a 57-yard field goal this season, already owns the single-season national record and is closing in on the career mark while asserting very clearly that he will be a Razorback.

As he kicks his way toward another national record, Argyle, Texas, star Cole Hedlund is sure about one thing.

That's – despite Arkansas' struggles on the field this season and an offer from Texas A&M – he's still going to be kicking for head coach Bret Bielema's Razorbacks next season.

"I really love it up there at Arkansas and I just think everything about it is great," Hedlund said. "I am fully committed to Arkansas.

"I did talk with Coach (Jeff) Banks - the special teams coach at A&M here and there, but I have a great relationship with all the coaches at Arkansas and I am going to be a Razorback," Hedlund added.

"I just love (assistant) Coach (Charlie) Partridge and Coach Bielema is just great and I know where he is going to take the program," Hedlund continued. "I am for sure all Arkansas. Nothing is going to change my mind."

Hedlund (5-10, 170) is 14-of-18 on field goals this season with a long of 57 and has kicked 59-of-59 PATs for 101 points for the Eagles.

He had a 37-yard field goal and was 7-of-7 on PATs last week in a 59-8 win over Aubrey for Argyle, who is 9-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class 3A heading into this Friday's regular season finale with Celina.

The Eagles have outscored their foes 475-78 this season and have won each game by at least three touchdowns.

"I think going into this year that we all knew this was going to be a special season for all of us because most of the team is made up of seniors – I believe it's 31 of us – plus we have a ton of talent on this team this year," Hedlund said. "We have put all the pieces together.

"Our goal at the start of the year was to win a state championship and I think as of right now we are on the right path," Hedlund added.

Those 14 field goals have pushed his career total to 46 – which is two away from Thomas Sanchez' Texas State record of 48 set in 1998 and four away from the national record of 50 of Oklahoma City Heritage Hall's Jimmy Stevens (2003-2006).

Hedlund had a national record 25 field goals as a sophomore, but just seven as a junior as his team found the end zone on a regular basis.

"I just go into every game not thinking about how many opportunities I am going to get although hopefully I can get some each game to help out my team win," Hedlund said.

"Certainly I made some goals for myself before the season started and they were breaking the state record and the national record, but in the game it is just one kick at a time and I just need to do my best for my team."

Hedlund has been to three Arkansas home games this season, including last Saturday's 35-17 loss to Auburn.

"I have talked to (Razorback commits) Bijhon Jackson and Rafe (Peavy) a little bit and we are all solid and determined to help our class lead Arkansas back," Hedlund said. "We are all just trying to get our high school teams a championship now."

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