Former Twin Falls kicker signs with Portland State University

TWIN FALLS, Idaho ( KMVT / KSVT ) Not many Twin Falls football players have signed with a D-I school this decade. But since Kole Bailey took his talents to Boise State, the Bruins sent off two more, including Wednesday's signee Hayden Cowden.

The 2016 graduate signed with Portland State University Wednesday afternoon, a member of the Big Sky Conference.

Cowden took a year off and now he's three inches taller and gained 20 pounds.

In 2015, he earned Great Basin first-team honors as a punter and placekicker.

Portland State marks Cowden's first offer. He had interest as a preferred walk-on at University of Nevada Reno and Montana State.

Cowden said, "I didn't really have an immediate offers so I still really wanted to play football, it was good to take a year. I took a few classes to get ahead in school and worked with a few football coaches and got my name out there.

Ben Kohring, Hayden's father added, "it's close to family and with Nick Whitworth being the special teams coach, he is an Idaho guy, coached at Idaho State for awhile, so there's a connection there and him and I crossed paths before, but to Hayden's benefit he made the connection, built the relationship, big thing he's comfortable and finding success there."

Cowden wants to major in pre-physical therapy.

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