Coppens chooses to walk-on as kicker for Cowboys

Jon Coppens’ interest in playing football for Craig Bohl goes back three years ago when he was in high school in Minnesota and Bohl was the coach at North Dakota State.

Both Coppens and Bohl are in different places now, but figure to come together in the fall.

Jon Coppens

Jon Coppens

Coppens, a 6-1, 185-pound kicker from Nolan Catholic High in Fort Worth, Texas, committed to Wyoming Tuesday night. Coppens will be a preferred walk-on, but said Wednesday during a phone interview that he will receive a significant academic scholarship from UW as he pursues a degree in petroleum engineering.

“Not only is Wyoming an affordable school, but the majority, if not all of (my schooling), will be paid for academically for me,” Coppens said.

Coppens also said he liked the athletic facilities at UW, and “feels confident they’re going to do special things (in football) in the future.”

As a senior this season, Coppens made 8 of 10 field goals, with a long of 45 yards, and made all 25 of his extra-point attempts. He also handled kickoffs and did some punting.

“I would say I’m equally good in all three areas, and can contribute¬†at the Division I level in all three areas,” Coppens said.

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