K Cole Hedlund
Before Hocker came along, it had been a while since Arkansas had a reliable kicker. For older fans, it has been harder to deal with, considering the Razorbacks used to have some of the best kickers in the country, such as Steve Little, who was an All-American and is still tied for the longest field goal in NCAA history at 67 yards.
Now, it appears that the four-year run of having a reliable kicker will continue with freshman Cole Hedlund.
Hedlund stood out while at Argyle High School in Texas. Not to overexcite any of you Hogs fans, but this kid could very well end up being better than Hocker and a four-year starter himself. He has that type of leg and talent.
Rated the No. 2 kicker recruit nationally, via 247Sports, the 3-star prospect not only has the leg to make the long kicks, but he's also deadly accurate. From 2011 to 2013, Hedlund connected on 56 of 66 (84.8 percent) attempts. As a senior in 2013, he made 24 of 26 (92.3 percent), a percentage that would have ranked him in the top 10 among NFL kickers last season.
His marvelous senior campaign earned him national recognition, as he was named an All-American by well-respected media outlets such as USA Today, Parade and MaxPreps.
As skilled as Hedlund is, he still will have to beat out junior John Henson, who has seen minimal action during his career. However, Hedlund is much better than Henson from top to bottom, and he hasn't even stepped on the field yet.
When it comes time for the season to start, expect him to be the guy Bielema chooses to replace Hocker. Hedlund has a chance to be a very special player for the Razorbacks.