Although it has three practices next week focused on specific opponents in the upcoming season, Idaho, for the most part, culminated spring ball with its annual Silver and Gold game Friday.
On the Idaho spring football roster, their names are next to each other: Jed Byers, No. 39, redshirt freshman wide receiver, and Edward Becker, No. 40, redshirt freshman linebacker.
MOSCOW, Idaho – Had life taken a different course, Chris Tormey’s athletic legacy would be bounded by the universe of Gonzaga Prep and Idaho Vandals fans in the early- and mid-1970s. They would remember him as a Spokane high school standout and an All-Big Sky Conference linebacker, defensive end and team captain who persevered against a pair of serious knee injuries before spending a brief time in the Washington Redskins’ preseason camp in 1978.
Following the Vandals practice Monday, Idaho coach Paul Petrino delivered a fundamental precept. “Whatever team hits the other team’s quarterback most usually wins.”
If the Idaho Vandals rise up and take control of a football game next fall, the foundation for such upheaval may have been laid in a play in Friday’s scrimmage.
The most impressive performance at Idaho’s NFL pro day could not be quantified by a watch, tape measure or scale, but had to be seen.
No longer ago than last spring, Idaho’s impressionable young defenders could sit around the locker room after practice and listen to the old linebackers tell stories about their Super Bowl season. Or so it seemed.
Looking for a sure thing? Bet heavily and confidently that the Idaho Vandals will be watching “300” for a pre-game movie next fall.
For almost every college football coach, the 15 spring workouts allowed by the NCAA create the challenge of pouring 10 gallons of work into a 5-gallon bucket. It is no different for the Idaho Vandals.
No one should have to learn it like this, but Collin Sather, who said in high school “the most important thing to me is to be a coachable player,” is finding being a team member works both ways. The University of Idaho redshirt freshman wide receiver began experiencing stomach pains Jan. 17 and has been diagnosed with advanced kidney cancer. The UI football program and university administrators have rallied to support him.
Along with 14 early signees, nine of whom are already enrolled, the Vandals feature a class of 24 newcomers, with possibly one more late signing to occur.
Barrie Steele was the head athletic trainer at the University of Idaho for a third of a century. Last week he wrapped his last ankle, hung up his scissors, and moved quietly into retirement. Just the way he wanted it.