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UW Cowboy Hoyland named preseason All-American

Sept 16, 2022; Laramie, WY, USA; Wyoming Cowboys kicker John Hoyland (46) against the Air Force Falcons at War Memorial Stadium. (Troy Babbitt-UW Media-Athletics)

LARAMIE, Wyo. — The Associated Press recently announced its preseason All-American football teams, and University of Wyoming place-kicker John Hoyland was named to the second team. Hoyland was the only player not from a power five conference to be named to either the first or second team.

Hoyland is coming off a 2022 season in which he was good on 88% of his field goal attempts, which was the best of any returning FBS kicker with more than 20 field goals last season. He was also one of only two kickers in the country with four made field goals from further than 50 yards during the 2022 season.

Among kickers with at least 50 career attempts, his career 84.9% accuracy is tied for second-best.

Earlier this summer, Hoyland was named a Second Team Preseason All-American by Athlon Sports and a Third Team Preseason All-American by Phil Steele. He was selected by Mountain West Media to the Preseason All-Conference Team and was named to the First Team Preseason All-Mountain West Conference teams as selected by both Athlon Sports and Phil Steele.

The junior is also one of 30 FBS place-kickers named to the 2023 Lou Groza Award preseason watch list. In 2022, Hoyland was one of 20 semifinalists for the Groza Award.