The Vandals are gearing up for their home opener vs. San Diego State, and practice on Tuesday was pretty animated. Keep reading for an update on personnel issues and injuries.
Idaho has yet to be struck by any major injuries, but minor ones keep popping up. The latest is linebacker Paul Senescall, who limped off the field late in practice with some sort of leg injury. Linebackers coach Rob Christoff was clearly worried about the middle linebacker afterward. Senescall has been sharing snaps with TreShawn Robinson.
Also of note, defensive tackle Michael Cosgrove reaggravated a knee, hip and ankle injury that occurred during fall camp when we was rolled on by several hefty teammates. Akey said Cosgrove's lastest flare up is minor. He also threw in this pretty funny quote: "Remember when he had all of Polynesia come down on him in the scrimmage? It just got a little bit reaggravated, so I don’t expect it to be a problem. He’s been dealing with it since then."
Quin Ashley, now at safety if you've lost track with all his position changes, is also back after missing the first two games with a quad problem. He was cleared yesterday and looked fully healthy on Tuesday.
Wideout Maurice Shaw, who missed last week's game with an illness, is still sick and didn't practice. Deonte Jackson wore a red jersey after having a "belly" issue, Akey said.
Aaron Grymes and Gary Walker got a lot of reps at DB. Expect the true freshmen, along with Brandon Artz, to see the field quite a bit on Saturday. I talked briefly to Grymes after the practice, and he said he expected to come in and contribute right away. Here's what he had to say about coming in to replace Isaac Butts at starting corner in the second half vs. UW: "I got wide-eyed out there. But after the first play, all the nervousness went away and it was just natural."
I'll have more about Grymes and the other freshmen (including Lake City's Jared Heston) who've made an impact for Friday's notebook.