Ahead of the first ever year of the FCS Punter of the Year Award, Illinois State junior punter JT Bohlken has been named to the award's watch list entering the 2019 season.
Bohlken joins fellow junior Garret Wegner from North Dakota State as the other member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference named to the list. Wegner was a MVFC All-Conference First Team selection last year for the defending national-champion Bison.
Bohlken, a Jefferson City, Missouri native, had a solid season last year for the Redbirds. He ranked second in the MVFC with a 43.1 yard punting average, which garnered him MVFC All-Conference Honorable Mention honors after the season. He also led the league with 20 punts over 50 yards.
The 6-foot Bohlken redshirted the 2016 season and saw limited action during the 2017 campaign. He was named the MVFC Special Teams Player of the Week following his performance last season on September 22 against Colorado State where he averaged 51.4 yards per punt.
Along with his punting duties, Bohlken was also the kicker for the Redbirds last season. He made four out of his eight field goals attempts, with a season long of 35 yards, and also made 22 out of 23 extra point attempts.