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Idaho football practice notes, Friday, Aug. 7

Idaho practiced for the third time in the fall on Friday night, going with shoulder pads and shorts. Practice was interrupted in a later phase by scuffle between Chris Edwards and Dezmon Epps after Edwards attempted to break up a pass to Epps on the sideline. Edwards threw his helmet and tackled Epps to the ground, prompting coach Paul Petrino to make his team run and to excuse Edwards from practice. 

"That’s why they all run for a little bit and I told them ‘no more, it’s done.’ If they do, they’re just going to run a lot," Petrino said. "It won’t happen anymore." 

Here are some other quick observations and notes:

- Tight End Khalin Smith still hasn't joined the football team. Petrino said Smith is still in the process of finishing a course and will qualify with a certain grade. 

- Russell Siavii had another good day with an interception off of quarterback Jake Luton for the second time in three days. He is a lock to be one of Idaho's two starting safeties. Jordan Frysinger was his partner with Jordan Grabski still out with an injury. Armond Hawkins and Kendrick Trotter were with the twos. Isaiah Taylor and Dorian Clark ran with the first team at cornerback the most. 

- Kaden Elliss, Broc Westlake and Chris Edwards were the group of linebackers with Marc Millan nursing his hamstring. Petrino said Elliss will most likely be on the field in some capacity even when Millan returns. 

"Kaden will be on that field, somewhere. He’s a football player, no doubt," Petrino said. "Marc better look up, you guys might want to tell him who Drew Bledsoe is."

Petrino, of course, was referencing Drew Bledsoe's 2001 injury in which Bledsoe lost the starting quarterback job with the New England Patriots to Tom Brady because of injury. 

- Jake Luton had another impressive day. His passes over the middle elude defenders because of the zip and he delivers it with accuracy. He's also making plays outside of the pocket, making throws on the run. Petrino was a bit miffed that some of the attention is going toward Luton and not the incumbent starter, Matt Linehan, who Petrino insists is also doing good things. 

He has a point, it's sometimes easier for us to focus on the playing trying to claw his way to the top of the depth chart. Linehan had another good day of practice, delivering touchdowns and staying away from interceptions. 

- Jeff Travillion received a lot of time with the first-team offensive line at strong tackle. Travillion's spring was cut short due to injury. 

"It is good to see, it’ll be good to see him make it through two weeks," Petrino said. "He’s very athletic, he’s light on his feet, can change directions, it’s nice to see."

Idaho practices again on Saturday before taking Sunday off. 

That's all for now.

Sean Kramer
Sean Kramer is a freelance correspondent who covers the University of Idaho football team and men's basketball team.

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