It came two days later than scheduled because of the weather, but Day 1 of spring practice at Idaho is complete. And coach Paul Petrino said the Vandals are way ahead of where they were a year ago.
We have a quick recap of the Sunday afternoon practice below. The Vandals will go Monday at 3:30 p.m., followed by sessions on Wednesday and Friday before the first scrimmage of spring on Saturday at 10 a.m.
The Vandals have more depth than at any point in the last several years thanks to an infusion of junior-college talent, not to mention a few new grayshirts and redshirt freshmen who can now contribute for real this fall after showcasing their talents during Sunday night scrimmages. Add these pieces together and there's a different feel in Moscow in Petrino's second year.
“It’s a lot different,” Petrino said in a UI statement. “It’s a lot more of a comfort level with all the players – them understanding what’s going on; they know how we do things.”
As Petrino indicated late last week, Chad Chalich and Matt Linehan took the same number of snaps. That should continue, even with Chalich's throwing shoulder getting tired on occasion after his injury last year.
“We’re light years ahead of last year (at QB),” he said. “They’ve both been in the offense for a year. They both did some really good things.”