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Iupati Has Kaepernick’s Back

San Francisco has stressed the need of the line, including All-Pro guard and former Idaho Vandal Mike Iupati, left, to protect young QB Colin Kaepernick, right. Story here. (AP file photo)

Question: Which NFL team is your favorite? Why?

Ex-Vandal Iupati Wows NFL Pros

On a 10-yard, fourth-quarter run by Kendall Hunter in last week’s win over Seattle, Mike Iupati pulled from his left-guard position, sprinted right into the second level and ran over Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner to pave the path for Hunter. On the NFL Network telecast, analyst Mike Mayock raved about Iupati, saying the 6-foot-5, 331-pounder was “a left guard that I think has a chance to become the best guard in football. He’s so big and strong. He’s gifted athletically.” Mayock’s opinion is shared by others/Eric Branch, San Francisco 49ers. More here.

Question: Isn't it nice that someone associated with Idaho Vandals football is successful?

Noon: Biden Suffers ‘D’Oh!’ Moment

San Francisco, you'll have to excuse Joe Biden for his blunder on Wednesday. He has bigger fish to fry — like doing his part to ensure President Barack Obama gets re-elected in November. But c'mon, Mr. Vice President! You're better than this! Biden had a Homer Simpson “d'oh!” moment when he tried to rally a San Francisco crowd at a political fundraiser with a football metaphor and spoke of the “Giants on their way to the Super Bowl,” according to the Oakland Tribune. Umm, Mr. Vice President, the 49ers play the Giants on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game. Biden probably felt like burying his head in the sand when some, what the Tribune described as, “good-natured boos” ensued/Simon Samano, NFL. More here.

Question: When did you last suffer a “d'oh!” moment? Wanna tell us about it?

Davis, Iupati Form Bond In Trenches

Throughout a half-hour joint interview late last week, Anthony Davis (right) and Mike Iupati (left) repeatedly finished each other's sentences. Barely two years after they met at a college football awards ceremony, they call themselves brothers. The 49ers picked both of them in the first round of the 2010 draft to clear paths for Frank Gore and protect Alex Smith. They couldn't have predicted how the two offensive linemen would look after one another. “When they got him at (No.) 17, that just made my draft day that much better,” said Davis, whom the 49ers claimed with the 11th pick out of Rutgers/Gwen Knapp, San Francisco Chronicle. More here.

Question: Who is your favorite NFL football player? Why?

49er Iupati Visits Idaho Vandal Practice

The Idaho football team was deep into its final practice before Saturday’s spring game when Robb Akey felt a tap on his shoulder. It was former Vandals star lineman Mike Iupati, now of the San Francisco 49ers, who decided to spring a surprise visit on his old coach and teammates. “I turn around and there’s a mountain standing there,” Akey said after Thursday’s workout. “I jumped up and gave him a hug and I started crying.” Akey put a sudden stop to practice and rounded up his players so that Iupati, who helped guide Idaho to a Humanitarian Bowl triumph in 2009, could give an impromptu address to the team. San Francisco’s first-round pick from a year ago didn’t disappoint/Josh Wright, SR. More here. (In this 2009 Idaho Press Tribune file photo by Greg Kreller, Mike Iupati embraces Coach Robb Akey in closing moments of UI's Humanitarian Bowl win over Bowling Green.)

Question: When did you last return to your alma mater to attend and event or guest lecture to inspire those following in your footsteps?

Iupati Ends 1st Year As No. 5 Guard

Former University of Idaho star Mike Iupati cleans out his locker in Santa Clara, Calif., earlier today after spending his rookie season as a starter for the disappointing San Francisco 49ers. Pro Football Focus ranked Iupati as the 5th best offensive guard in the NFL in 2010 here. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Iupati, 49ers Hit Halfway Point

San Francisco 49ers’ Mike Iupati, center, San Francisco 49ers’ Adam Snyder, right, and other players run onto the field before the NFL Football match between the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers at Wembley Stadium in London Sunday. San Francisco, which has stumbled through a disappointing first half, won their second game in eight tries by beating Denver 24-16. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Ex-Vandal Iupati Gets More Raves

From S.F. Chronicle game story by David White re: 49ers 17-14 win over San Diego Thursday night: “The two first-round picks — right tackle Anthony Davis and left guard Mike Iupati — have much to learn about starting in the NFL. But their accelerated learning path and tremendous upside has the 49ers’ offense in better hands. Iupati has instantly become running back Frank Gore‘s new best friend, able to scooter his wide body to the second level and deliver devastating blocks. Against the Chargers, Iupati cleared space downfield for running back Anthony Dixon to take a pitch left, cut inside and take off for a 46-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.” Story here.

Iupati Gets Rave Reviews In Preseason

Throw all the small-school talk out the door. Niners left guard Mike Iupati is as NFL-ready as any rookie offensive lineman in the league. Just ask Raiders coach Tom Cable, who went out of his way to congratulate Iupati after the 49ers’ 28-24 victory over the Raiders in Saturday night’s exhibition game at the Coliseum. “He’s going to be a good one,” said Cable, a former Idaho offensive lineman, just like Iupati. Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore agrees, citing the monstrous hole Iupati forged on his 49-yard carry up the middle on his first touch of the preseason/David White, San Francisco Chronicle. More here.

Question: Are you going to follow the 49ers this year to watch ex-Vandal Mike Iupati play?

Ex-Vandal Iupati Works Out w/49ers

San Francisco 49ers 2010 first round draft pick Mike Iupati, formerly of the University of Idaho Vandals, stretches during NFL football practice at 49ers headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., earlier today. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Ex-Vandal Iupati Joins 49er Drills

San Francisco 49ers guard (and former University of Idaho Vandal) Mike Iupati (77) stretches during NFL football organized team activities at the 49ers training facility in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

P.S. Mike Iupati Gets Helmet Adjustment

San Francisco 49ers guard Mike Iupati, a first-round draft pick from Idaho, is helped with his helmet during rookie football mini-camp at 49ers headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., earlier today. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Mike Iupati Returns To California

Former Idaho guard Mike Iupati will be trading in one gold helmet for another this coming season after being drafted by the San Francisco 49ers with the 17th pick in the NFL draft Thursday. Iupati, who was at home in California with his family, said he knew moments before the nationally televised announcement that his name would be next. “Right when I got the call, I was so excited,” said Iupati, who looked the part during ESPN coverage of the draft that showed him awaiting the announcement then hugging his parents and other family members. “It was very emotional.” It marked the end of a long day for Iupati, who said his Mom woke him at 6:30 a.m. to make sure everything was in order for the arrival of the television crews and a house full of company/Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here. (AP File Photo/Idaho Press-Tribune, charlie Litchfield: Vandal Mike Iupati visits with Jerry Kramer, a former NFL player and All-American at Idaho, before Idaho’s 2009 Humanitarian Bowl win over Bowling Green.)