Vandals kicker/punter gets basketball tryout

dsouthorn@idahostatesman.comDecember 5, 2013 

He’s already made a big impact as a true freshman football player, and now Austin Rehkow will try to do the same on the court.

On Wednesday, Idaho said the 6-foot-3, 202-pounder is attempting to join the basketball team as a walk-on. He will begin practicing this week in what amounts to an extended tryout.

“He’s a great athlete,” football coach Paul Petrino said when he signed Rehkow in February. “That’s what some people might not understand. He’s a great basketball player.’’

Rehkow is expected to practice for about a week, after which he and coach Don Verlin will figure out whether he should stay with the team.

Rehkow led his Central Valley (Wash.) High basketball team in scoring as a junior and senior, leading his team to the 4A state tournament both seasons. At Central Valley, he hit a 67-yard field goal as a senior that got him some time on ESPN.

Rehkow hit 10-of-17 field goals this season for Idaho. His is one of only two FBS players to serve as his team’s primary field goal kicker and punter (Notre Dame’s Kyle Brindza was the other). Rehkow finished with a 47.8 yard per punt average, which is No. 1 in the nation.

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