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Henson, Hedlund battling toe to toe

Posted: August 15, 2014 at 3:08 a.m.

Arkansas kickers (from left to right) Cole Hedlund, John Henson and Sam Irwin-Hill stretch prior to practice Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.

Zach Hocker didn't have many bad days as Arkansas' place-kicker the past four years.

UA position glance

Special teams

RETURNING STARTERS P Sam Irwin-Hill, SNP Alan D’Appollonio, H Matt Emrich.

KEY LOSS K Zach Hocker

WHO’S BACK PK John Henson, P Toby Baker, SNP Drew Gorton

WHO’S NEW PK Cole Hedlund

ANALYSIS Henson appears to have a slight edge over Hedlund in the competition to replace Hocker, who holds Arkansas’ career record with 354 points. A sign of how well Henson has kicked in fall camp is that he was placed on scholarship this week. Irwin-Hill averaged 44.3 yards on 46 punts last season and can kick with either foot. D’Appollonio is going into his fourth season as the No. 1 deep snapper. Emrich was the holder in every game last season.

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