Kicker up­date

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL -

Ju­nior Cole Hed­lund would be the No. 1 place­kicker if the Ra­zor­backs played a game to­day, Coach Bret Bielema said.

But the Uni­ver­sity of Arkansas, Fayetteville doesn’t open the sea­son un­til Aug. 31 against Florida A&M, and fresh­man walk-on Blake Mazza con­tin­ues to push Hed­lund.

“My man Maserati, he’s do­ing all right,” Bielema said.” He’s done some nice stuff.”

Hed­lund, who missed last week’s scrim­mage with a groin in­jury, was 4 for 4 on field goals dur­ing the open por­tion of Sat­ur­day’s prac­tice. He hit from 36, 38, 43 and 48 yards.

Mazza, who hit all five of his at­tempts last week with a long of 36 yards, went 2 for 3 Sat­ur­day. He hit from 33 and 43 yards and was wide right on a 48-yard at­tempt.

Sopho­more Con­nor Lim­pert is work­ing No. 1 on kick­offs, Bielema said, with Mazza and Hed­lund back­ing him up.

Bielema said Lim­pert is fo­cus­ing on kick­offs, the job he han­dled last sea­son.

“He’s been pretty good,” Bielema said. “Kind of just let him de­vote him­self to kick­ing that ball. A left­footed kicker on kick­off puts an­other spin on it.”


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