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Vandals (again) open up QB competition

After starting quarterback Taylor Davis passed for minus-6 yards at BYU, Idaho football coach Robb Akey said today that he will open up competition for the starter's job -- yet again.

Read on for more details.


For the last four weeks, the Vandals have bounced between Brian Reader, who started the first seven games, and Davis, a sophomore from Arizona. Davis led UI to a win at San Jose State two weeks ago, but he was completely ineffective in a 42-7 loss at BYU. "We just didn’t perform well enough," Akey said. "It was not a positive. … That’s why we made a change later on."

Reader relieved Davis -- just like he did against Hawaii -- and went 5 of 7 for 52 yards.

Akey said he will wait to name a starter until after Wednesday's practice. The Vandals take on Utah Jose State at 2 p.m. Saturday. It's the Vandals' final home game and senior day.

In other news:

  • Receiver Mike Scott did not make the trip to BYU. The Vandals' leading receiver was not injured, Akey said. He missed the game because of a "deal between he and I," Akey said. Scott is expected to play Saturday.
  • Defensive tackle Jesse Davis is doubtful this week with a leg injury. Akey said everyone else who played last week should play Saturday.
  • Akey mentioned the play of Idaho's gunners on punt coverage -- include Dion Bass and Trey Williams -- when going over the few positives from the BYU game.
  • When asked if Utah State is the Vandals' new rival -- since they don't play Boise State anymore -- Akey replied, "I guess they’re the closest in proximity and we’re still in the conference together. Our rival game is not getting played."

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