As a prep place-kicking recruit, Zach Hocker sported some serious lettuce atop his head.
The Redskins rookie could use a few of those golden locks to cover up his hazing haircut right now.
Given the option of performing a comedy skit in front of his veteran teammates or letting them select his new hairstyle, the University of Arkansas product chose the latter, posting the above haircut befitting a Razorback on Twitter with the caption: "No one ever said your rookie season would be easy."
News crews in the nation's capital captured a few more angles at training camp on Thursday.
— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) July 31, 2014
This is what rookie hazing looks like. Redskins kicker Zach Hocker calls it the "horizontal Mohawk." pic.twitter.com/JptptYrzLP
— Eric Kolenich (@EricKolenichRTD) July 31, 2014
— George Wallace (@GWallaceWTOP) July 31, 2014
"I kind of regret it now," Hocker told ESPN's John Keim. "In the moment it was fun, but now I wish I had thought of something funny for the team. ... I didn't anticipate this. I got up on the stage and they put up three pictures for the team to vote on. This was my look. They let me have it and there I went."
The man whose job Hocker is attempting to steal, incumbent Washington kicker Kai Forbath, reportedly performed the haircut. According to Keim, Hocker must keep the hairdo for a week, and veterans haven't told him yet whether he can shave it prior to the team's Aug. 7 preseason opener against the Patriots.
Hocker was the lone kicker selected in this year's NFL Draft after setting a school record for career points at Arkansas. After making the first 17 field goals of his NFL career, Forbath has made 18-of-23 since, so Hocker may not be the only Redskins kicker getting a cut this summer.
As impressive as Hocker's self-described "horizontal Mohawk" is in the annals of the NFL's rookie hazing haircuts, Tim Tebow's Friar Tuck fuzz from 2010 still tops the list.