Austin Rehkow
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Austin Rehkow
Austin Rehkow
Free agent
Position:Punter / Placekicker
Personal information
Born: (1995-03-17) March 17, 1995 (age 25)
Anchorage, Alaska
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:214 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school:Spokane Valley (WA) Central Valley
College:Idaho
Undrafted:2017
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • 3× First Team All-Sun Belt Punter (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • 1x FBS Independent Special Teams Player of the Year Punter (2013)
  • 2× Second Team All-Sun Belt Kicker (2015, 2016)
  • 1st Team Walter Camp All-American Punter (2013) 2nd Team Walter Camp All-American (2014)
  • 3x Ray Guy Award Watchlist (punter - 2014 Finalist)
  • 2x Lou Groza Award Watchlist (kicker - 2015 semi-finalist)
  • AP 3rd Team All-American - Punter (2013)
  • USA Today High School All-American (2012)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Austin Rehkow (born March 17, 1995) is an American football punter and placekicker who is a free agent. He played college football for the Idaho Vandals football team at the University of Idaho.[1]

Early years

Rehkow was raised in Veradale, Washington and attended Central Valley High School in Spokane Valley, Washington. He also played soccer before switching to American football.[2] In 2012, Rehkow set the record for the longest field goal ever kicked in the state of Washington, measuring 67 yards, just one shy of the national high school record set in 1986 by Dirk Borgognone. Kelly Imhoff made (62 yards) in 1929 and Larry Stovall-Moody (60 yards) in 1996 are the only 3 60 yards or more kicked in the state of Washington. It was one of three field goals of over 50 yards Rehkow kicked that year.[3]

Professional career

Rehkow went undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft, with the league's scouting combine profile concluding he lacked the leg strength to be a full-time placekicker (a somewhat ironic conclusion given his high school record; the combine based it on the fact that his longest field goal at the college level was only 50 yards) but had enough precision as a punter to have a future in the league.[1]

Buffalo Bills

On May 5, 2017, Rehkow signed with the Buffalo Bills, who had released their previous placekickers Jordan Gay and Dan Carpenter at the end of the 2016 season.[4][5] He was waived on August 20, 2017, having lost the competition to Stephen Hauschka.[6]

New York Giants

On January 1, 2018, Rehkow signed a reserve/future contract with the New York Giants as a punter.[7] He was waived by the Giants on May 7, 2018.[8]

Salt Lake Stallions

In 2018, Rehkow joined the Salt Lake Stallions of the Alliance of American Football as a punter.[9] The league ceased operations in April 2019.[10]

Houston Roughnecks

In October 2019, Rehkow was selected by the Houston Roughnecks in the 2020 XFL Draft's open phase.[11] He had his contract terminated when the league suspended operations on April 10, 2020.[12]

References

  1. ^ a b "Austin Rehkow Combine Profile". NFL.com.
  2. ^ Holmes, David (June 30, 2017). "Austin Rehkow, K/P, Idaho: 2017 NFL Draft Scouting Report". FoxSports.com.
  3. ^ Jenks, Jayson (October 18, 2012). "Central Valley's Austin Rehkow kicks state-record 67-yard field goal". SeattleTimes.com. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ Sambrotto, Anthony (May 5, 2017). "Bills agreed to terms with 13 undrafted free agents". BuffaloBills.com. Archived from the original on August 11, 2017.
  5. ^ Schneidman, Matt (August 2, 2017). "Austin Rehkow battles for Bills spot while his little brother fights leukemia". The Buffalo News. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ Brown, Chris (August 20, 2017). "Bills sign TE Anderson, S McDonald". BuffaloBills.com. Archived from the original on August 20, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "Giants sign nine players to futures contracts". BigBlueView.com. January 1, 2018.
  8. ^ Eisen, Michael (May 7, 2018). "Giants waive five players ahead of rookie minicamp". Giants.com. Archived from the original on May 8, 2018.
  9. ^ "AREA BRIEFS: Cougs hold off Matadors". Lewiston Morning Tribune. November 28, 2018. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ Michael Rothstein, Seth Wickersham (June 13, 2019). "Inside the short, unhappy life of the Alliance of American Football". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ Talbot, Damond (October 16, 2019). "XFL Draft Phase 5: The Final Rounds of the Draft, Find out who was selected". NFL Draft Diamonds. Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ Condotta, Bob (April 10, 2020). "XFL suspends operations, terminates all employees, but Jim Zorn says he has hopes league will continue". SeattleTimes.com. Retrieved 2020.

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