|Cowan an All-American|
Junior punter Bobby Cowan (Vancouver, Wash.) became the second Idaho player is school history to be chosen to the Football Writers’ Association of America All-American team.
Cowan is honored on the 67th annual team, which throughout the years has included such greats as Doak Walker, Paul Hornung, Alex Karras, Merlin Olsen, Roger Staubach, Dick Butkus, Jim Plunkett, Tony Dorsett, Mike Singletary, Herschel Walker, John Elway, Warren Sapp, Reggie Bush, Tim Tebow and Idaho’s Mike Iupati – the Vandals’ first FWAA All-American in 2009.
"That’s awesome," coach Robb Akey said. "He is very deserving of All-American status and, even more important, he’s an All-American kid. I’m glad he’s ours."
Cowan, from Vancouver, Wash., continued this year to make his mark as one of the best punters in Idaho football history. In 2011, his 88 punts tied Ron Davis (1970) for the single-season record, while his 4,084 punting yards set a Vandal single-season mark. His average of 46.4 per kick is second best for a single-season. He also has the school’s third- and seventh-best single-season averages.
His 2011 average was second best in the NCAA. He moved to the top of Idaho’s career punting average list at 45.2 – 2.6 yards longer than the previous career mark set by Steve Hunter (1971-72). His 189 career punts are fourth all-time and his 8,552 career yards are third all-time.
He has a career-best punt of 76 yards and 65 (34.4 percent) of his 189 punts have been 50 yards or longer.
Cowan is a marketing major in the College of Business and Economics.