I never know what I'm going to learn from Robb Akey. After Wednesday's scrimmage, the Idaho football coach introduced me to a term I had never heard before. “I think we got a war daddy in (Michael) Cosgrove,” Akey said. “The ol’ cave man, he’s pretty doggone good.”
What exactly is a war daddy? Check out this Slate.com article for a good summary.
And keep reading for news and notes from Moscow after Idaho's first scrimmage of fall camp.
The biggest news, clearly, was Justin Veltung's turf toe injury. He had an X-ray right after practice, and an MRI is possible too, Akey said, if the X-ray is inconclusive. Could this be a long-term issue for the Vandals' top playmaker? Akey's response was basically that any injury can potentially have long-term consequences, but this one could be particularly damaging since Veltung relies so much on his athletic ability.
“Turf toe can be a pain in the butt for a skill player — or a pain in the foot,” Akey said.
Regardless of the extent of Veltung's injury, the good news is that Idaho has a deeper receiver group than perhaps it thought it would. Armauni Johnson and Preston Davis are right with Veltung at the top of the depth chart, and two new faces — Maurice Trotter and Mike Scott — have also emerged.
Trotter and Scott are both junior college transfers who walked on just as camp was starting. Scott, from Foothill College in California, had a 33-yard touchdown grab in the scrimmage and Trotter had two receptions.
“We’re trying to turn up the heat at receiver and get some guys in there,” Akey said. “I’ve seen both of those kids make plays.”
Said offensive coordinator Steve Axman, “There’s two kids who have some speed. Trotter has some exceptional speed. And so we feel now that we have a better stockpile of wide receivers because as much as we throw the ball, you just can’t have three when you’re using three-wide receiver sets. You’ve got to have full sets.”
Coincidentally, Scott and Idaho QB Brian Reader squared off against each other in high school. In a California playoff game, Reader and Palma High succumbed in four overtimes to Palo Alto High, where Scott attended school. “He was on the team that ended my career,” Reader said.
Here are some other items of note: