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MONDAY, SEPT. 7, 2009

Akey, Vandals not satisfied

Robb Akey just got through with his Monday morning press conference, and one thing stuck out to me: He was happy to get past New Mexico State on Saturday, but by no means was he or other members of the club as giddy as they...

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 5, 2009

Idaho makes it a memorable opener

Well, well. Some folks might have expected Idaho to fare well in its opener. But who could have guessed the Vandals would come out firing like they did at New Mexico State? A three-touchdown lead turned into a 21-6 win — and the first season-opening...

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Clean slate for Vandals 

All the preseason talk, the speculation, the questions — they can finally be put to rest. The first Saturday of the season is here, and the Vandals aren’t looking at just a run-of-the-mill opener. No, this one holds some weight. Read on for thoughts on...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 3, 2009

Vandals prep for NMSU

The season is barely under way and the WAC has already acquitted itself quite well. Boise State suffocated Oregon in a 19-8 win (get ready for all the talk of BSU in a BCS game), and Utah State hung with No. 19 Utah for a...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 1, 2009

Idaho football odds and ends 

Less than four days now until the Idaho Vandals debut at New Mexico State (5 p.m. Pacific on Saturday), and things are pretty much settled as far as the depth chart, starters, etc. I talked to a few members of the team after this evening's...

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SUNDAY, AUG. 30, 2009

Vandals, Akey embark on third year  

The number 10 holds a good bit of significance for the Idaho Vandals this season. It's been 10 years since they last had a winning season, and 10 years since they even got off on the right foot with a season-opening win (hard to believe,...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 28, 2009

UI won't rely on newbies ... as much

Eight days away from their opener at New Mexico State, the Idaho Vandals pretty much have their depth chart and starting lineup set. There's an exception here and there, particularly at right guard. Read on for a notebook focusing on promising true freshmen, who will...

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SUNDAY, AUG. 23, 2009

Vandals' offense glimmers 

The last true scrimmage of fall camp for the Idaho Vandals was as one-sided as any in fall camp. The offense piled up yards through the ground and the passing game, and they did so in huge chunks. Read on for details.

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 19, 2009

Newsy scrimmage for Idaho

All sorts of news came out of today's Idaho football scrimmage. For starters, safety Virdell Larkins has left the program. There are also a host of injuries that have popped up. Keep reading for all the details.

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TUESDAY, AUG. 18, 2009

Vandals' Iupati on another watch list 

Mike Iupati, the Idaho Vandals' hulking left guard, has been named to the Lombardi Rotary watch list from which the nation's top lineman will be chosen in December. The honor comes a week after Iupati was named to the Outland Trophy watch list.Iupati is the...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 14, 2009

Ex-Cougar Woolridge settles into role at UI

Hard to believe DeMaundray Woolridge has been out of college football since 2006. But the former Washington State running back is eligible again ... and he moved just 8 miles down the road at Idaho to reunite with Robb Akey. I talked to Woolridge after...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 8, 2009

Idaho runs through smooth 1st practice

Fall camp officially began this afternoon for the Idaho Vandals. And the first order of business for coach Robb Akey was announcing team captains -- guard Mike Iupati (offense), lineman Jonah Sataraka (defense) and Devon Sturdivant (special teams). Other than that bit of news, it...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 6, 2009

Vandals ready themselves for camp

Remarkably, it's already that time of year -- yes, college football is here. Well, almost anyway. The Idaho Vandals open fall camp Saturday afternoon. Check out below for our preview with some interesting comments from Robb Akey and Jonah Sataraka.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2009

Vandals tabbed 8th, 9th in polls 

The WAC preseason football media and coaches' polls have been unveiled, and both have Idaho and New Mexico State as the two bottom-rung teams. The Vandals were picked eighth in the media poll (ahead of only NMSU) and ninth in the coaches' poll.Boise State was...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2009

Idaho H-back Williams taken by Redskins 

Eddie Williams, the most productive offensive weapon for Idaho last season, was selected in the seventh round (No. 221 overall) of the NFL draft by the Washington Redskins on Sunday afternoon. Williams figured to be plucked a bit earlier had it not been for a...

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SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2009

Vandals put a wrap on spring football 

The Idaho football team put the finishing touches on spring camp this evening, and it did so without an organized spring "game" like you might expect. Instead the Vandals put on an exhibition filled with team drills and scrimmages from different spots on the field....

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SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2009

Offensive line impresses in UI scrimmage 

The Vandals completed their third scrimmage in absolutely beautiful Palouse weather Saturday morning. The biggest storylines? The offensive line and running game looked the sharpest, particularly Deonte Jackson and Princeton McCarty. Two defensive linemen (Oga Faumui and Fonomanu Sekona) left the scrimmage on crutches with...

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SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2009

QB Morales leaves Vandal program 23 

Unlike many spring sessions, there was actual news that came out of Idaho's Saturday morning scrimmage. Redshirt freshman Justin Morales, who was battling for the starting quarterback gig, has left the program and will transfer, coach Robb Akey said. It was clear something was up...

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SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2009


UI QB Nathan Enderle will have to learn from the sidelines.Associated Press
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Vandals' first scrimmage in the books 

Idaho is still working out the kinks, but the football club flashed a few promising signs Saturday in its first scrimmage of the spring. The passing game is clicking -- with Nathan Enderle (in photo above), Justin Morales and Brian Reader at quarterback. And the...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2009

Vandals kick off spring practice 

Tomorrow is the first day of spring practice for the Idaho football team, which has plenty of issues to shuffle through over the next month.The big questions: Will Nathan Enderle keep the starting QB job? Who will replace the production of Eddie Williams? What steps...

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MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2009

Idaho loses grip on season 

Eight days after their season was surprisingly extended, the Vandals succumbed to Pacific 69-59 in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com tournament. Idaho finishes 17-16, its best season since 1993-94.Things looked promising for UI through the first 20-plus minutes. It trailed by just two at...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2009

Idaho preps for date with Pacific 

The NCAA tournament has reached the Round of 16. The NIT is down to 10 teams. And to think, Idaho's still kicking in the CollegeInsider.com quarterfinals. The Vandals will play Pacific tomorrow night at 7. For more on the matchup, read below for my preview.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2009

Idaho snags dramatic postseason win 21 

It could have been easier. Much easier. But the Vandals will certainly take their 69-67 victory over Drake in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com tournament. Idaho nearly frittered away a 12-point lead in the closing minutes, but held on for the program's first postseason...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2009

UI embraces postseason experience 

It's been a long time -- 19 years to be exact -- since Idaho could relish any sort of postseason atmosphere. But that will change Wednesday night inside tiny Memorial Gym. The Vandals will take on Drake in the CollegeInsider.com tournament, and it should be...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2009

Vandals end 19-year postseason drought 

Idaho coach Don Verlin hinted at Idaho's postseason future at different times near the end of the season, saying it was possible the Vandals could sneak into a lower-tier tournament. But when that news became reality on Sunday, Verlin was downright giddy. It's no wonder...

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