Former Evergreen QB/K Bobby Cowan Wins North Idaho Hall of Fame Male College Athlete of the Year Award

Written by Bryan Levesque on April 29, 2012

Idaho Punter Bobby Cowan (former Evergreen QB/K) shows off his Male College Athlete of the Year award with his mother Julie, Cowan averaged 46.4 yards per punt as a Junior.

Idaho Punter Bobby Cowan (former Evergreen QB/K) shows off his Male College Athlete of the Year award with his mother Julie. Cowan averaged 46.4 yards per punt as a Junior.

Bobby Cowan, a 2008 graduate of Evergreen High School, picked up some individual hardware earlier this month at the North Idaho Hall of Fame Awards Banquet.

The 50th anniversary of the Banquet was held on Saturday, April 14th in Coeur d’Alene Idaho.

Cowan won the award over fellow finalists Andrew Blaser – Idaho track, Kyle Barone – Idaho basketball, and Justin Korthuis – North Idaho College wrestling.

“This award was a huge honor for me,” said Cowan. “That being said, I could not have done it without all the support from my family, coaches, and teammates. This award goes to them.”

In 2011 Cowan was a Football Writers Association of America first-team All-American as a punter after he averaged 46.4 yards per punt. He was also a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award which goes to the nations best punter.

“I’m really happy for Bobby.  He has worked extremely hard to put himself in this position,” said Cale Piland, Cowan’s former head football coach at Evergreen from 2004-2006, and now the head coach at Union.

While at Evergreen Cowan was a 4A GSHL All-League punter 3 times and was voted to the AP 4A All-State team as a Punter his Sophomore and Senior seasons.

“There was a different sound when Bobby punted.  It sounded like the ball was going to explode,” said Piland. “I think it was fair to say that we believed he had a future at the collegiate level.”

Cowan still had some adjusting to do going from high school where he not only kicked but also played Wide Receiver, Linebacker and even Quarterback – where he passed for 1,908 yards and 18 touchdowns his senior season - for the Plainsmen, to being a full time punter at the college level.

“It was a bit of a transition because I was used to being on the field so much,” said Cowan. “Once I realized that the best way for me to be able to get on the field was as a punter I took the opportunity and ran with it.”

So where does Cowan go from here? He is already the Vandals’  all-time career punting average leader averaging 45.2 yards per punt on 189 career punts. What can he do as a Senior to top his already historic career?

“My personal goals are to be the best punter I can be,” said Cowan who wants to do all he can to help the Vandals improve on their 2-10 record of a year ago.

“I want to put our defense in the best position to win games. If I can do that then I’ve done my job and I will be happy.”

One thing’s for sure, there are plenty of Cowan fans in Southwest Washington who have been more than happy following him the past 3 seasons and they are excited for one final season at Idaho.

“It’s been fun to follow his career up to this point,” added Piland. “It will be exciting to see what the future holds for him.”

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