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UW’s Hoyland named Freshman All-American

Oct 30, 2020; Laramie, WY, USA; Wyoming Cowboys kicker John Hoyland (46) against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at War Memorial Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Rainbow Warriors 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-UW Media-Athletics

The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) announced on Monday its 2020 Freshman All-America Team and Wyoming true freshman place-kicker John Hoyland was selected to this year’s team.  This year marked the 20th year that the FWAA selected a Freshman  All-America Team.

Hoyland is one of only 32 freshman nationally named to this year’s FWAA Freshman All-America team.  He is one of 17 true freshmen in the nation selected to this year’s team.  The other 15 players named to the 2020 squad were redshirt freshmen.

Hoyland ended the 2020 season ranked No. 1 in the nation in field goals made per game, averaging 2.17 field goals per game.  He earned 2020 Second Team All-Mountain West honors in voting by conference head coaches and media.  Hoyland missed only one kick all season and ranked No. 1 in the Mountain West and No. 6 in the nation in field-goal percentage (92.9 percent).  He made 13 of 14 field goal attempts his true freshman season.  In addition to making 13 of 14 field goals on the season, he was a perfect 16 of 16 in PATs.

The true freshman also ranked No. 1 in the Mountain West and No. 19 in the nation in scoring among all players in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) at all positions, averaging 9.2 points per game.  He ranked No. 5 in the Mountain West among all players at all positions in points responsible for, averaging 9.2 points per game.  Hoyland led Wyoming in scoring, with 55 points. 

Hoyland was named the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week in the season opener at Nevada as he was a perfect 4 for 4 in field goals and 2 of 2 in PATs.  He made a 42-yard field goal to send the game to overtime and hit a 38-yarder to give Wyoming the lead, 34-31, in overtime before the Pokes lost, 34-37.  Hoyland was also a perfect 3 for 3 in field goals at New Mexico and was a perfect 3 of 3 in field goals vs. Boise State.  He made at least one field goal in all six games in 2020.

The true freshman from Broomfield, Colo., becomes the seventh Cowboy to earn the honor from the FWAA in the 20-year history of the Freshman All-America team.  Hoyland is the first Cowboy special teams FWAA Freshman All-American.  He is also the third Poke in the last three seasons and the fifth Cowboy in the past six seasons to receive the honor, joining Cowboys Solomon Byrd (Defensive End in 2019), Keegan Cryder (Center in 2018), Logan Wilson (Linebacker in 2016) and Andrew Wingard (Safety in 2015) to earn the honor from the Football Writers Association of America during the Craig Bohl era as head coach. 

Other Cowboys to earn Freshman All-America honors from the FWAA in the 20 years of the team, beginning in 2001 include: Shamiel Gary (Safety in 2009) and Blair Burns (Cornerback in 2011). 

Hoyland, Byrd and Cryder will all return as members of the Wyoming Cowboy Football team in 2021.

Here is the 2020 Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-America Team.

2020 FWAA FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA TEAM

OFFENSE (13)

Pos. Player, School, Ht., Wt., Hometown

QB  Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina, 6-3, 200, Indian Trail, N.C.

QB  Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma, 6-1, 205, Phoenix, Ariz.

RB  Ulysses Bentley IV, SMU, 5-10, 184, Houston, Texas

RB  Kyren Williams, Notre Dame, 5-9, 195, St. Louis, Mo.

WR Kayshon Boutte, LSU, 6-0, 185, New Iberia, La. •

WR Marvin Mims, Oklahoma, 5-11, 177, Frisco, Texas •

WR Tahj Washington, Memphis, 5-11, 175, Marshall, Texas

OL  Matt Goncalves, Pittsburgh, 6-6, 315, Manorville, N.Y.

OL  Jeremy James, Ole Miss, 6-5, 330, Cumming, Ga.

OL  Willie Lampkin, Coastal Carolina, 6-1, 295, Lakeland, Fla. •

OL  Warren McClendon, Georgia, 6-4, 320, Brunswick, Ga.

OL  Peter Skoronski, Northwestern, 6-4, 294, Park Ridge, Ill. •

OL  Tyler Smith, Tulsa, 6-5, 332, Fort Worth, Texas

DEFENSE (14)

Pos. Player, School, Ht., Wt., Hometown

DL  Ricky Barber, Western Kentucky, 6-3, 290, Louisville, Ky.

DL  Khari Coleman, TCU, 6-2, 224, New Orleans, La. •

DL  Calijah Kancey, Pittsburgh, 6-0, 270, Miami, Fla.

DL  Myles Murphy, Clemson, 6-5, 275, Marietta, Ga. •

LB   Will Anderson Jr., Alabama, 6-4, 235, Hampton, Ga. •

LB   Tyler Grubbs, Louisiana Tech, 6-1, 221, New Orleans, La. •

LB   Noah Sewell, Oregon, 6-3, 250, Malaeimi, American Samoa •

LB   Stefon Thompson, Syracuse, 6-0, 235, Charlotte, N.C. •

DB  Derrick Canteen, Georgia Southern, 5-11, 185, Evans, Ga.

DB  Jalen Catalon, Arkansas, 5-10, 189, Mansfield, Texas

DB  Emmanuel Forbes, Mississippi State, 6-0, 180, Grenada, Miss. •

DB  Brandon Joseph, Northwestern, 6-1, 192, College Station, Texas

DB  Malachi Moore, Alabama, 6-0, 182, Trussville, Ala. •

DB  Eli Ricks, LSU, 6-2, 196, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. •

SPECIALISTS (5)

Pos. Player, School, Ht., Wt., Hometown

K    John Hoyland, Wyoming, 5-10, 162, Broomfield, Colo. •

P    Tory Taylor, Iowa, 6-4, 225, Melbourne, Australia •

KR  Trayvon Rudolph, Northern Illinois, 5-10, 179, Crete, Ill. •

PR  Demario Douglas, Liberty, 5-8, 165, Jacksonville, Fla.

AP  Deuce Vaughn, Kansas State, 5-5, 168, Round Rock, Texas •

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