Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
Rehkow, Epps make top team
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 12/18/2013
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University of Idaho freshman punter/kicker Austin Rehkow was chosen the FBS Independent Special Teams Player of the Year by a nationwide media panel, which also chose the FBS Independent Players of the Week throughout the season.

With the Player of the Year honor comes first-team recognition, where Rehkow (Spokane, Wash.) is joined by fellow Vandal Dezmon Epps – a junior receiver from Sacramento, Calif.

Honorable mention honors went to defensive linemen Maxx Forde (junior; Woodinville, Wash.) and QuayShawne Buckley (senior; Ontario, Calif.); linebacker Marc Millan (junior; Mission Viejo, Calif.); center Mike Marboe (junior; Wenatchee, Wash.), and safety Trey Williams (senior; Itta Bena, Miss.).

Also announced Wednesday was Athlon Sports Freshman All-America Team. Again, Rehkow, who set an NCAA freshman record for a single-season punting average as well as an FBS mark for players who punted at least 75 times during the season, was the first-team choice. Rehkow averaged an NCAA-leading 47.8 yards (75 punts for 3,587 yards).

FBS ALL-INDEPENDENT TEAM

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

QB Keenan Reynolds, Navy

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

LB Kyle Van Noy, BYU

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

PK/P Austin Rehkow, Idaho

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

LB Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame

OFFENSE

QB Keenan Reynolds (So.), Navy

RB Terry Baggett (Jr.) Army

RB Jamaal Williams (So.) BYU

WR Dezmon Epps (Jr.) Idaho

WR TJ Jones (Sr.) Notre Dame

TE Troy Niklas (Jr.) Notre Dame

OL Michael Kime (Sr.) Army

OL Michael Yeck (Jr.) BYU

OL Bradyn Heap (Jr.) Navy

OL Zack Martin (Sr.) Notre Dame

OL Chris Watt (Sr.) Notre Dame

DEFENSE

DL Eathyn Manumaleuna (Sr.) BYU

DL Louis Nix III (Sr.) Notre Dame

DL Stephon Tuitt (Jr.) Notre Dame

LB Uani ‘Unga (Sr.) BYU

LB Kyle Van Noy (Sr.) BYU

LB Cody Peterson (Sr.) Navy

LB Dan Fox (Sr.)  Notre Dame

DB Daniel Sorensen (Sr.) BYU

DB Parrish Gaines (Jr.) Navy

DB Davis Cazares (Sr.) New Mexico State

DB Bennett Jackson (Sr.) Notre Dame

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK Kyle Brindza (Jr.) Notre Dame

P Austin Rehkow (Fr.) Idaho

KR Adam Hine (So.) BYU

HONORABLE MENTION

Army: PK Daniel Grochowski (So.), OL Ryan Powis (Jr.), OL Stephen Shumaker (Jr.)

BYU: DB Craig Bills (Jr.), QB Taysom Hill (So.), WR Cody Hoffman (Sr.), KR JD Falslev (Sr.), PK Justin Sorensen (Sr.)

Idaho: DL QuayShawne Buckley (Sr.), DL Maxx Forde (Jr.), LB Marc Millan (Jr.), OL Mike Marboe (Jr.), DB Trey Williams (Sr.)

Navy: P Pablo Beltran (Jr.), CB Brendon Clements (Fr.), LB Chris Johnson (Jr.), KR Marcus Thomas (Sr.), OL Jake Zuzek (Jr.)

New Mexico State: OL Andy Cunningham (So.), WR Austin Franklin (Jr.), LB Trashaun Nixon (Sr.), OL Davonte Wallace (Sr.)

Notre Dame: KR George Atkinson III (Jr.), OL Nick Martin (Jr.), QB Tommy Rees (Sr.), CB KeiVarae Russell (So.), LB Prince Shembo (Sr.)

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