Rehkow named Walter Camp All-American
Rehkow named to three All-American teams
Rehkow named to three All-American teams
Posted Dec 13, 2013

UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO TRUE FRESHMAN Austin Rehkow was named a Walter Camp All-American today, and is the third consecutive UI punter to earn All-American honors for the Vandals, following in the footsteps of Bobby Cowan (Idaho's career punting leader) and T.J. Conley (also a Walter Camp All-American). Rehkow finished 2013 as the nation's leader in yards per punt (47.8), which also set a UI record.

The following is an official press release from the University of Idaho Athletic Media Relations Department.

It didn’t take long for Austin Rehkow to make his name known in the world of college football.

Today, when the 124th Walter Camp Football Team is announced on ESPN during the Home Depot College Football Awards Show, he will be recognized as the best punter in the nation. A true freshman, Rehkow averaged 47.8 yards on 75 punts. His career best of 65 yards was one of seven 60-plus yard kicks. Additionally, he had 27 punts from 50-59 yards.

“It’s definitely an honor to be recognized as such,” said Rehkow, who is a 2013 graduate of Spokane’s Central Valley High School. “It’s a pretty cool thing.”

The Walter Camp team will be announced today (ESPN, 4 p.m. PT) with the formal ceremony taking place on the campus of Yale University on Jan. 12, 2014.

Rehkow’s 2013 average is an Idaho single-season record. It surpasses T.J. Conley’s 2008 average of 47.4 yards per punt. Conley, a senior in 2008, also was a Camp All-American.

This isn’t Rehkow’s first appearance on the national front. As a senior at Central Valley, he booted a 67-yard field goal – a feat that became a YouTube sensation. He carried that versatility to Idaho his freshman year during which he was one of just two players nationwide to handle kicking and punting duties for his team.

It’s a good blend, he said.

“One keeps me sane when one is going wrong,” he said.

In 2013, he was recognized as the FBS Independents Special Teams Player of the Week three times; was the Ray Guy Award Punter of the Week once, and was the CollegeFootballPerformanceAwards Special Teams Player of the Week three times.

A one-time soccer player, Rehkow tried punting when he started high school at Central Valley. He was a natural.

“I just gave it a shot,” he said. “It worked. I started to enjoy it.”

Rehkow continued to hone his skills at Idaho with an assist from former Vandal Bobby Cowan, the Vandals’ career punting leader and a first-team All-American in 2011.

“He helped me turn good punts into great punts,” Rehkow said.
•Also on Thursday, Rehkow was chosen the punter for the Campus Insiders New Stars: All-Freshman Defense.

•On Wednesday Rehkow was named a First Team Freshman All-American punter.

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