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An assortment of Vandal notes

All kinds of stuff to get to regarding the Idaho football team, including some interesting comments from offensive coordinator Steve Axman, a new (and local) high school commit and thoughts on Tuesday’s practice.


First, let’s start with practice. Safety Jeromy Jones was dealing with a family matter and wasn’t around, coach Robb Akey said. Akey expects him to play Saturday at Nevada. There are no other injuries to speak of for the Vandals.

The most eye-opening moment of practice for me came 25 minutes afterward. Touted left guard Mike Iupati was the last one on the field — there was no one near the practice turf, in fact — and he was working on footwork and agility drills in full pads. There’s a reason Iupati is such a fast-riser in NFL draft boards. Everyone I talked to for last week’s feature on him said the same thing — he works extremely hard. Also, check out this Twitter comment from Bruce Feldman of “Recently, stud OT Ryan Clady came out of Boise. Watch out for Idaho’s massive Mike Iupati, an agile former wrestler who’s impressing scouts.”

Idaho offensive coordinator Steve Axman, meanwhile, said the Vandals were about as crisp as they’ve been in last week’s win over Hawaii. “I thought, in our three years here, that might have been our best offensive production in the sense of having a good downfield pass game, cranking the ball in the run game and having a good complementary play-action pass game. We were very efficient in everything we did. We had the ball seven times and scored five touchdowns. And the two times we stopped ourselves, we were mad about it. I was very pleased with our protection last week.”

Axman also said Nevada “might be the biggest challenge for us this season from a defensive standpoint. They’re very, very sound. They’re stingy on the run. … We’ve got to make sure we’re complement our passing game with an effective run game. The balance is going to be important, but I think the balance will come more out of our ability of our run game to make sure, hey, we’re cranking the ball pretty good out of the ground to set up our play-action pass.”

Lastly, Moscow High running back Jayson Washington has committed to the Vandals, as reported by numerous sources. You can read more about him and see Idaho’s full list of commits here.

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