Football: Legacy grad Hoyland named Arizona Bowl MVP

Jan. 2—On the back of his game-winning, walk-off field goal, former Legacy High and current University of Wyoming kicker John Hoyland was named the Most Valuable Player in the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl.

In Saturday's 16-15 win over Toledo in Tucson, Ariz., the preseason All-American was good from 34 and 52 yards out before hitting a 24-yard try as time expired. The kick gave Cowboys coach Craig Bohl a win in his final game before his retirement.

"It was awesome for us to win the final game for the seniors and coach Bohl and send them out on a high note," Hoyland told Monday. "To be able to do my role to put us in the best position to win is awesome."

Hoyland had a tough stretch late in the regular season, missing seven of his last eight tries after starting the year with nine consecutive makes. But he was clutch yet again on the national stage, improving to 6 for 6 on field-goal attempts and 11 for 11 on extra points in bowl games.

The 2020 Legacy grad finished the season 13 for 20 on field-goal tries after being a Lou Groza Award (given to the nation's top placekicker) semifinalist in 2022 when he went 22 for 25. In September, he earned his fifth Mountain West Conference special teams player of the week award thanks to a standout performance against Texas Tech, which included a career-long make from 56 yards.

For his college career, Hoyland is 58 for 73 (80%) on FGs and an impressive 44 of 46 from inside 40 yards. On extra-point chances, he is 122 for 123, with his lone miss coming on a blocked PAT against Air Force in October.

Asked about his future less than 48 hours after his winning kick, Hoyland said he is planning on returning to college with one year of eligibility remaining.

At Legacy, Hoyland hit 20 of his 25 field goals and was 14 of 16 during his senior season.