[Vandal] Another Shot For Vandal Great Rehko

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>From The Lewiston TribuneLewiston, IdahoSaturday, December 26, 2020
Another Shot For Vandal Great Rehko
Rehkow, turned away three previous times, signs with Indianapolis
By Colton Clark
Former All-American University of Idaho punter Austin Rehkow will get his fourth crack at earning an NFL roster spot.
The Vandal record breaker was signed to the Indianapolis Colts’ practice team, the franchise announced earlier this week. The Colts recently released veteran reserve punter Ryan Allen, and Rehkow figures to add some special-teams insurance on Indy’s taxi squad.
Rehkow spent time with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2017 after graduating from UI. He inked with the New York Giants’ practice team a year later, but never saw NFL action. Rehkow got two tryouts with the New England Patriots, in the fall of 2019 and this September, but wasn’t signed.
He posted respectable numbers in brief seasons in the Alliance of American Football and XFL spring leagues, both of which shuttered in less than a year because of financial troubles. Playing for the AAF’s Salt Lake Stallions in early 2019, Rehkow finished third in the league with a net average of 39.6 yards per punt. He averaged 41.3 yards on 19 punts in five games for the XFL’s Houston Roughnecks, who drafted Rehkow a month after his first workout with New England. The XFL terminated operations in April.
The NFL’s average for yards per punt stands at 44.58.
At Idaho (2013-16), Rehkow raked in two Walter Camp All-America nods, five All-Sun Belt Conference honors (two for kicking) and a boatload of all-time Vandal marks.
The Central Valley High (Spokane) alumnus departed Moscow with the program’s record for career yards per punt (45.8). Regarding his kicking exploits, Rehkow is Idaho’s career leader in made field goals — and field-goal percentage — and No. 2 in program history in points scored (344).
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