Thursday, December 22nd Bowl Preview

December 21, 2016

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl; Idaho (8-4) vs Colorado State (7-5); 7 PM ET; ESPN … The bowl fest continues Thursday with Idaho essentially hosting Colorado State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise with kick-off set for 7 PM ET on ESPN. And the fact that Idaho, one of the historically really, really bad teams in college football, is actually in a bowl is NOT a misprint. In fact, since 2000, Idaho has lost 100 more games than it has won (41-142) and has more 1-win seasons (5) than plus-.500 campaigns (2). Idaho is so bad that the program will drop down to FCS in 2018. As such, it seems somehow fitting that even in their 8-win season this fall, the Vandals only real draft prospect was their kicker. However, P/K Austin Rehkow (#18, 6-2, 210) is one of the very best in the country with the potential to be the first specialist off the board this coming April. Rehkow, one of just a handful of kickers who both punt and placekick for their respective teams – and he’s done it all four years at Idaho – has a career average of almost 47 yards per punt, while he is also deadly at putting kicks inside the 20. Rehkow also hit on 49 of 56 FG attempts over the past couple of years, although he didn’t try all that many over 50 yards. He’s got the leg, though, as he holds the Washington state high school record with a 67-yarder. Meanwhile, pro scouts will also keep an eye on emerging junior DE Aikeem Coleman (#97, 6-3, 280) for future reference after he led the Vandals with 8 sacks this fall after transferring in from a junior college. In fact, Rehkow may be the only real pro prospect in this game period as Colorado State doesn’t currently have anyone with a draftable grade other than perhaps veteran OG Fred Zerblis (#54, 6-2, 305), although there are several Ram other seniors that could get some free-agent interest including OT Nick Callender (#76, 6-6, 325), OLB Kevin Davis (#33, 6-2, 240) and P Hayden Hunt (#49, 6-0, 220).