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Kicker Cole Hedlund transferring to North Texas from Arkansas

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Brett Vito, Staff Writer

Kicker Cole Hedlund, a former Argyle standout who began his career at Arkansas, has transferred to North Texas for his final season of eligibility. 

Hedlund will be a graduate transfer with the Mean Green and will be eligible this fall.

Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed the move to the Denton Record-Chronicle on Friday evening.

Hedlund hit 14 of his 24 field goal attempts in three seasons at Arkansas from 2015-17. He missed both of his field goal attempts in 2017 and finished his time at Arkansas with 133 points.

Hedlund is the youngest son of UNT women's soccer coach John Hedlund and the brother of Chad Hedlund, who kicked for SMU and Wake Forest after his time at Argyle. 

The addition of Hedlund fills a major void in UNT's lineup heading into the 2018 season following the departure of senior Trevor Moore.

Moore was one of the more accurate and decorated kickers in recent UNT history. He made all 154 of his extra points in four seasons and hit 53 of his 66 field goal attempts.

Moore kicked game-winning field goals for UNT against UAB and Army in the 2017 season, when he was a second-team All-Conference USA selection.

Hedlund got off to a good start in his career at Arkansas, hitting all 58 of his extra points as a redshirt freshman in 2015 while also converting 9 of 15 field goal attempts. He went 5-for-7 on field goals in 2016 and hit all 25 of his extra points.

Hedlund's career at Arkansas came to an end in the second game of the 2017 season when he missed field goals of 23 and 20 yards in a loss to TCU.

"To doink it with a perfect protection and perfect snap is unexcusable," 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."

At UNT, Hedlund will have a chance to regain the form he showed during a record-setting career at Argyle. 

Hedlund set the national record for field goals in a career at the high school level with 56 and set the record for field goals in a season with 25 in his sophomore campaign with the Eagles. He made 157 straight extra points during his high school career.

Hedlund was a Parade All-American and All-USA first team by USA Today in high school.

BRETT VITO can be reached at 940-566-6870 and via Twitter at @brettvito.

FEATURED PHOTO: Argyle kicker Cole Hedlund (12) kicks a field goal in a game against Krum. Hedlund is transferring to North Texas for his final year of eligibility.