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Rehkow named to first team

College football: Idaho freshman punter Austin Rehkow, Washington State safety Deone Bucannon and Washington running back Bishop Sankey were named 2013 Walter Camp Football Foundation All-Americans on Thursday.

Rehkow earned first-team honors while Bucannon and Sankey were named to the second team.

A true freshman, Rehkow averaged 47.8 yards on 75 punts. His career best of 65 yards was one of seven 60-plus kicks. He also had 27 punts from 50-59 yards.

“It’s definitely an honor to be recognized as such,” said Rehkow, a graduate of Central Valley High. “It’s a pretty cool thing.”

Rehkow’s 2013 average is an Idaho single-season record. It surpasses T.J. Conley’s 2008 average of 47.4. Conley, a senior in 2008, also was a Camp All-American.

Bucannon was also named to the All-America First Team by Athlon Sports earlier in the day.

Whitworth wraps up interviews

College football: Whitworth administrators were expected to finish interviews late Thursday with the third and final candidate for the school’s head football coaching position. A source identified the third candidate as John Sala, the head football coach at Louisburg (N.C.) College, a private junior college.

Sources say that on Wednesday former Idaho and Nevada coach Chris Tormey was interviewed, and earlier the week Rod Sandberg, who is the defensive coordinator at Division III Wheaton (Ill.) College, was interviewed.

Wheaton finished 8-2 this year, while Sala’s Louisburg College team lost four straight to finish 5-4.

A source with knowledge of the search said that all three candidates met with Whitworth players to get their input. An offer to one of the coaches is expected to be made today with the official announcement expected early next week.

Thomas Clouse