BYU football: What’s going on with normally steady punter Ryan Rehkow?

BYU punter Ryan Rehkow punts against Baylor on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022 in Provo, Utah. He has punted eight times for 319 yards, a 39.9 average. His net punt average is 36.6

Tyler Tate. Associated Press

Kicker Jake Oldroyd isn’t the only BYU Cougar trying to find his groove with his legs and feet.

Fellow specialist Ryan Rehkow, BYU’s punter, has struggled as well in 2022, the third-year sophomore freely admits.

“I’m not content with how the season has gone so far,” Rehkow said after practice Wednesday as No. 19 BYU continued preparations for Saturday’s showdown with 3-1 Wyoming at LaVell Edwards Stadium. “I think it has been kind of a feeling-out process, the first couple of games.”

“Not good enough for him. He’s got a small sample size because we haven’t punted a lot in games. … But both punts (against Oregon) were substandard. I think his drop right now is a little bit aggressive. He just needs to get back to being efficient.” — BYU special teams coach Ed Lamb

Rehkow (pronounced: Ree-koh, “as in Uncle Rico,” according to his profile at BYUCougars.com) hasn’t missed three consecutive chip-shot field goals, as Oldroyd has. But he has yet to rip off the booming punts he became famous for a year ago when he was the Pro Football Network Independent Punter of the Year.

“I am figuring a lot of things out and it is honestly just a confidence and mental thing, as far as specialists go,” Rehkow said.

The native of Veradale, Washington, has punted eight times for 319 yards, a 39.9 average. His net punt average is 36.6. That’s not great, although it should be mentioned that there’s more to punting than just booting it as far as possible. Getting punts to drop inside the 20 is a valuable skill as well, and one that Rehkow has displayed in the past.

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Last year, Rehkow averaged 48.6 yards per punt. In 2020, his average was 45.14 on 28 attempts.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

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