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Hocker Drafted By Washington

05/14/2014
Athletic Communications
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Kicker Zach Hocker was taken in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft when the Washington Redskins picked him with the 228th overall selection.

Hocker appeared in all 50 games as a Razorback. He finished his career 171-of-173 on PATs and 61-of-79 on field goals for a total of 354 points scored. He also kicked off 201 times for an average of 65.8 yards per kick and 113 touchbacks and punted seven times for an average of 45.7 yards with a long of 77. He broke Arkansas career records for points, field goals made, field goal percentage, PAT attempts and PATs made. His PATs made ranks sixth in SEC history, while his PAT attempts are the seventh-highest total by an SEC kicker. His points total ranks eighth in SEC history, and his field goals made total is tied for 10th in conference history. He made five field goals of 50 yards or longer in his career and was a second-team All-SEC selection as a senior.

"His leg strength is very good," Washington head coach Jay Gruden said. "He was a very productive kicker at Arkansas. He will come in and compete for the kicking spot. We felt like we needed to bring another kicker in to compete and look out with the possibility of having a kickoff specialist. Every other position on the football team has competition, and kicker should be no different. We did a lot of research on the kickers, and Zach's the one we wanted."

Hocker becomes the fourth kicker drafted in school history and first since 1989.

Arkansas Kickers Drafted

Name Round Overall Team Year
Zach Hocker 7th 228th Washington Redskins 2014
Kendall Trainor 9th 234th Phoenix Cardinals 1989
Steve Little 1st 15th St. Louis Cardinals 1978
Bill McClard 3rd 61st San Diego Chargers 1972

Hocker was the fourth Razorback off the board in the 2014 NFL Draft, joining Travis Swanson, Chris Smith and Kiero Small. Swanson was a third-round pick of the Detroit Lions, Smith was taken in the fifth round by the Jacksonville Jaguars and Small was picked one spot ahead of Hocker by the Seattle Seahawks.

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